Father Lawrence Gadek
Archdiocese of Newark
Assigned as Follows:
- 1956 – 1962 St. Catherine of Siena Church (Hillside, NJ)
- 1963- 1966 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and All Saints Church (Jersey City, NJ)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Lawrence Gadek:
Father Lawrence Gadek was ordained a priest in 1955 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. According to media reports, in February 2019, his name was included on its list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of child sex abuse.
“This list of names is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies. The Archdiocese of Newark has a zero-tolerance policy for any type of mistreatment or misconduct involving children and young adults. No member of the clergy with a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor remains in ministry.”
The only specifics provided were the parishes and schools to which Father Gadek was assigned and the number of victims known to the Archdiocese of Newark. He was listed as having “multiple” credible accusation of sexual abuse against him. His alleged victims were females. No details were provided as to the age/gender of the victims, nor Father Gadek’s assignments at the time of the abuse.
According to the Archdiocese of Newark, Gadek was permanently removed from ministry and later laicized (removed from the priesthood). He is believed to be residing in the Bayville, New Jersey, area.
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