Msgr. Lawrence Overbaugh – Diocese of Harrisburg

| Apr 7, 2020 | Abuser Profiles

Monsignor Lawrence Overbaugh

Diocese of Harrisburg


Ordained: 1955

Died: 2008


Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Anthony of Padua Parish (Lancaster, PA)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish (Mt. Carmel, PA)
  • Lebanon Catholic High School (Lebanon, PA)
  • Mt. Carmel Catholic High School (Mt. Carmel, PA)
  • St. Edward’s Parish (Shamokin, PA)
  • St. Joseph Parish (Locust Dale, PA)
  • SS. Cyril and Methodius (Lebanon, PA)
  • St. Patrick Parish (Harrisburg, PA)
  • St. Lawrence Parish (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (New Oxford, PA)


Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Lawrence Overbaugh:

In August of 2018, a grand jury report named 19 accused priests that were working in the Harrisburg diocese, but also had ties to Valley parishes. The late Monsignor Lawrence Overbaugh was included on an early digital copy of the report obtained by CNHI Pennsylvania newspapers. His name was then redacted in the report that was officially released the next day. 

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. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone.

One name that was made public from the list was once again was Monsignor Lawrence Overbaugh. The list that the Diocese of Harrisburg provided does not include any information about the number of victims who have come forward, the nature of the misconduct, or the timeframe that the alleged abuse occurred.

His case falls under the category of clergy for whom criminal or canonical proceedings were not undertaken or completed. This category contained the names of deceased clergy who served in the diocese and have been officially accused, but no proceedings have been undertaken (usually due to their death). In most of these cases, the cleric died before the conclusion of the proceedings, or before the allegations were received. Lawrence Overbaugh died in 2008. There has been no formal determination of guilt or innocence. 

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.