Fr. Bruce Harger – Archdiocese of Newark

| Jul 6, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Bruce Harger

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 2001

Resigned: 2020

Assignment History:

  • 2001-2007:      St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church (Hillsdale, NJ)
  • 2007-2010:      St. Nicholas Parish (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 2018-2020:      Church of Epiphany (Cliffside Park, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Bruce Harger:

Fr. Bruce Harger entered the priesthood later in his life. Before becoming a priest, he was a prolific professional singer who performed with the Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble in California, the Washington Opera Chorus in Washington, DC, and the Wolftrap Summer Opera in Switzerland. He gave up that life and was ordained a priest in 2001. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career for the Archdiocese of Newark. He was a pastoral associate at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Hillsdale, then later moved to St. Nicholas Parish in Jersey City. He came to the Church of Epiphany as an administrator in 2018 and was made pastor in October 2019.

According to media reports, in June 2020, he voluntarily resigned from the church after an allegation surfaced that he abused a minor before he was ordained nearly 20 years earlier. According to the Archdiocese of Newark, Fr. Harger has not been convicted of any civil or canonical crime and denies any wrongdoings. No information has been released of the victim’s age or gender, but Fr. Harger stepped down until the investigation is complete.

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