Fr. Herbert J. McElroy – Diocese of Brooklyn

| Jun 12, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Herbert J. McElroy

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1934

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Francis Cabrini (Brooklyn, NY)
  • St. Philip Neri (Northport, NY)
  • 1935-1938: St. Peter Claver (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1939-1947: St. Anthony, Oceanside (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1941: Division of Social Group Work, Catholic Youth Organization (Oceanside, NY)
  • 1948-1949: Our Lady of Mt. Carmeli (Patchogue, NY)
  • 1950-1958: St. Mary Magdalene (Springfield Gardens, NY)
  • 1959-1964: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1966: Absent On Leave; Servants of the Paraclete, Morrell Retreat (Halltown, MO)
  • 1967-1968: On Duty Outside the Diocese; Servants of the Holy Paraclete, Morrell Retreat (Halltown, MO)
  • 1969: Our Lady of Hopei (Middle Village, NY)
  • 1970-1979: St. Malachy’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1980-1990: Retired; St. Malachy’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1991-2003: Retired; Holy Family Home (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Herbert J McElroy:

According to media reports, in October 2003, Fr. Herbert J McElroy was named in a civil lawsuit filed involving 24 priests, in which he was accused of sexually abusing an 11- or 12-year-old boy from 1954 through 1955 while serving at St. Mary Magdalene in Springfield Gardens, New York. He was the boy’s basketball coach. Some of the alleged abuse occurred on sports trips.

In October 2017, a settlement was paid out to McElroy’s victim from the IRCP (Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program). In February 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

McElroy died in 2004.

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