Fr. John Heekin – Diocese of Paterson

| Apr 16, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father John Heekin

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1963

Removed: 2011

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary (Paterson, NJ)
  • St. Pius X (Montville, NJ)
  • St. Therese (Paterson, NJ)
  • Faculty, Bayley-Ellard High School (Madison, NJ)
  • Faculty, Pope Pius XII High School (Passaic, NJ)
  • Immaculate Conception (Franklin, NJ)
  • Holy Cross (Wayne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Heekin:

Fr. Heekin’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019. The Diocese of Paterson released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including the age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse. However, according to the Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson received information concerning possible misconduct by the individual, investigated the matter for corroborating evidence, and determined that the report was credible. Accordingly, while those individuals may deny having engaged in illegal behavior involving a minor and they are entitled to be presumed innocent in a criminal court of law, the Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure”.

Heekin had multiple alleged victims and was removed from active ministry in 2011.

Heekin died in 2018.

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