Fr. Edward McGrath – Diocese of Norwich

| Aug 12, 2021 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Edward McGrath

Diocese of Norwich (Salesians)

Edward McGrath priest

Joined Salesian Society: July 1957

Ordained: 1969

Died: 1998

Assigned as follows:

  • Salesian High School (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 1970 – 1998  St. Thomas More School (Oakdale, CT) in geographical territory of Diocese of Norwich

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Edward McGrath:

Fr. Edward McGrath was ordained a Salesian priest in 1969. He served briefly as a teacher at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, NY, and later spent 28 years teaching at St. Thomas More School in Oakdale in the Diocese of Norwich. He began living outside the Salesian Society congregation in 1970.

In January 1983, Father McGrath reportedly applied to the Pope John Paul II for secularization and permanent exclaustration from the Salesian Society so he could join the Diocese of the Caroline and Marshall Islands.  The request was granted and McGrath was incardinated “pure et simpliciter” into the Diocese of Caroline and Marshall Islands in March 1983

According to media reports, in 2000, the first public sexual abuse allegation against McGrath surfaced. The school sent out letters to alumni and parents and began an investigation. After five months, the allegations were found to be credible.  In 2004, another allegation surfaced when an accuser reported he had been sexually abused by the priest.

In 2019, McGrath’s name was included in the Diocese of Norwich’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. He was also named on the Salesians 2020 list of credibly accused.

McGrath died in 1998 at age 62 of cirrhosis and liver cancer.

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