Fr. Gregory Uhrig – Diocese of Metuchen

| Feb 26, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Gregory Uhrig

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1973 (Diocese of Allentown)

Transfer to Diocese of Metuchen: 1983

Accused/Placed on Leave: 2010

Back in ministry:2017

Named in Grand Jury Report:2018

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1974-1975: Holy Trinity Parish (Whitehall, PA)
  • 1975-1977: Immaculate Conception (National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas) (Allentown, PA)
  • 1977-1978: Holy Rosary Church (Reading, PA)
  • 1978-1982: St. Anthony of Padua (Easton, PA)
  • 1978-1982: St. Mary’s Church (South Easton, PA)
  • 1982-1982: St. Ursula’s Catholic Church (Fountain Hill, PA)
  • 1983-1985: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bernardsville, NJ)
  • 1983-1985: Sacred Heart Chapel (Bernardsville, NJ)
  • 1985-1986: St, Francis Cathedral (Metuchen, NJ)
  • 1986-1989: St. Thomas More (Allentown, PA)
  • 1989-1993: St, John the Baptist (Whitehall, PA)
  • 1993-1997: Immaculate Conception Church (Somerville, NJ)
  • 1997-1998: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Three Bridges, NJ)
  • 1998-1999: Not Listed
  • 1999-2003: St. Cecilia’s Church (Iselin, NJ)
  • 1999-2003: NJ State Home for Disabled Veterans (NJ)
  • 2003-2007: St. Matthew’s (Edison, NJ)
  • 2007-2010: St. Luke’s (North Plainfield, NJ)
  • 2010-2011: Not Listed
  • 2011-2017: Maria Regina Residence (Somerset, NJ) listed as weekend assistant

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Uhrig:

Father Gregory Uhrig was ordained a priest in 1973 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 2010, a 44 year old woman reported to the Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania) that she was sexually abused by  as a 13-year-old girl at St. Anthony of Padua in Easton, Pennsylvania.  She worked in the rectory answering phones after school.  Through that, as well as frequent dinner invitations to the family home, Uhrig became a close family friend.  Eventually, his familiarity led to sexual contact with her over the course of four years.

Because Uhrig had already moved to the Diocese of Metuchen (NJ) at the time of the complaint, it was forwarded to the Bishop of Metuchen for review.  Uhrig was removed from ministry briefly, but he appears to be doing weekend supply work throughout the Diocese still. His New Jersey parishioners have not been informed of the allegation. According to a recent public statement by the Diocese of Metuchen, the allegation was found to be not credible by both the Diocese of Allentown and the Vatican, so Uhrig was returned to ministry.  However, Uhrig’s name appears on the list of credibly accused priests released by the Diocese of Allentown, which means that the Diocese review board did find the allegation credible. His name does not appear on the Diocese of Metuchen’s list.

Despite the fact that the Pennsylvania grand jury was only provided one allegation to review, it appears from his assignment history that Uhrig may have been the subject of rumors and innuendo before his move to New Jersey.  Based upon our experience, the move to a new diocese may itself be indicative of problems in the Allentown Diocese, though we cannot say for sure until we have been provided with a copy of Uhrig’s personnel file.  Such a request would be made during the course of any lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Allentown or Diocese of Metuchen.

Uhrig continues to minister in the Diocese of Metuchen today.

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