Gerard “Gerald” Bugge – Diocese of Harrisburg

| Apr 16, 2020 | BANKRUPTCY, Catholic Church, Sex

Fr. Gerard “Gerald” Bugge

Diocese of Harrisburg 



Ordained: 1969

Died: 2004

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1970 Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary (Esopus, NY)
  • 1972 St. James and St. John (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1973-1977 St. Mary Church (Annapolis, MD)
  • 1978-1985 Holy Redeemer College (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1986-1987 St. Mary Church (Annapolis, MD)
  • 1986-1988 St. Anthony of Padua (Lancaster, PA)


Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gerard (Gerald) Bugge:

Father Gerald Bugge also known as “Gerard” in the Catholic Directories, was named by the Baltimore Archdiocese on its September 2002 list of credibly accused clergy members. In some reports, he is also referred to as Gerard Serafin. In 1985, he admitted to inappropriate sexual activities with a minor. The accusations were then reported to the Redemptorists, where Bugge was a member of the order. His faculties were officially removed. 

According to the Catholic Directories, he was in New York in 1970, in the District of Columbia per the 1980 Directory, and in Harrisburg, PA in 1988. His name was not included in the 1990 Directory. 

Gerard Bugge died in November of 2004. His name was included on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s 2018 list of credibly accused clergy members. No known allegations occurred while Bugge was a part of the diocese in Pennsylvania. 

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Ahead of the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg released the names of 71 priests, seminarians and laypersons accused of sexually abusing children since 1941. This was from an updated list that the diocese released in August of 2018. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone.

Gerard Bugge is included in the bankruptcy proceeding and falls under the category of cases where the alleged abuse occurred in another diocese. 


Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

Contact us at 888-283-9922 or [email protected] to discuss your legal options today.