BELMAR, NJ — Two priests who once served at St. Rose Catholic Church in Belmar are named on the Catholic Diocese of Trenton’s recently released list of 30 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of children.

The named priests with a past assignment at St. Rose are Richard C. Brietske, who has been removed from the ministry and had one accuser, and Frank J. Iazetta, who is deceased and had victimized multiple individuals, according to the list, which is available on the diocese’s website.

Brietske, who was born in 1936 and ordained in 1962, also served as chaplain at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, as well as at The Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. Other past assignments included: Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Maple Shade; St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Edison, where he served as principal; St. George in Titusville; St. Mary in South Amboy; St. Dominic in Brick; Director of the Office of Evangelization and the Office of Parish Life, both at Chancery in Lawrenceville; St. Gregory the Great in Hamilton Square; Corpus Christi in Willingboro; Chancellor of the Diocese of Trenton, Chancery in Lawrenceville.

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The late Iazetta, who was born in 1942 and ordained in 1967, is listed as serving on the St. Rose faculty. He also served locally at St. Elizabeth in Avon-by-the-Sea, Holy Trinity in Long Branch and St. Veronica in Howell. Other past assignments included: Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Maple Shade; St. Paul in Princeton; St. Joseph High School in Metuchen (faculty); Sacred Heart in New Brunswick; Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville (faculty); St. Ann in Browns Mills; and Holy Angels in Trenton.

In releasing the preliminary list on February 13, Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell wrote in a statement that it will be updated as more information becomes available. “I do this with the greatest sadness and with a heavy heart," he said. “Our first responsibility must always be to those who have endured sexual abuse as minors and the release of these names is our effort to express acceptance of their allegations as credible and to indicate the status of their alleged abusers. 

“I greatly admire and respect the courage of those victims who have come forward. It is our hope that the public presentation of these names will contribute to healing the awful wounds that victims have endured at the hands of some clergy,” he continued.

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