Updated at 10:08 a.m. on Feb. 14
WESTFIELD, NJ — The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website for the Archdiocese of Newark are seven priests who served at churches in the town.
Six of the priests listed served at Holy Trinity Church in Westfield and one of them served at the Parish Community of St. Helen, also located in the town.
All clergymen included in the listing have since died or been removed from the ministry, according to the Archdiocese. Of those priests listed, who served in Westfield, four are dead and three have been removed from ministry, according to the Archdiocese.
“We are publishing the names of diocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Newark,” wrote Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark.
“This list of names is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies,” Tobin wrote.
Pastor Michael Saporito, who serves the Parish Community of St. Helen in Westfield, said the release of the names is a first step in the healing process.
“As the cardinal has promised, the list was meant as a beginning point for the healing process, and while it is saddening to hear about all the pain that has been caused, I think it is a necessary and good step for us to take,” Saporito said.
Representatives for Holy Trinity Church declined to comment. Instead, they referred media requests to the Archdiocese of Newark.
Shortly after the Archdiocese of Newark released names of the accused, the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, Paterson, Metuchen and Camden, released names of accused priests, who served in their jurisdictions.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in a statement Wednesday said his office has gotten hundreds of calls on its tip line from people abused as children and as adults since his office launched its investigation last September into allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses in the state.
“While this is a positive first step toward transparency and accountability, I hope this spirit of openness continues during the course of our ongoing investigation and in response to our requests for records and information,” Grewal said.
The Newark Archdiocese list shows that in addition to serving in Westfield, the priests served in numerous other parishes.
The following are the priests, who served at Holy Trinity Church in Westfield and a listing of the other locations at which they served, according to the Archdiocese:
John Capparelli: Ordained in 1980, he also served at Our Lady of Fatima in North Bergen, Oratory Prep in Summit, St. Theresa In Kenilworth and as a temporary Chaplain at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. The listing shows he victimized multiple people and has since been permanently removed from the ministry.
James A. Carey: Ordained in 1936, he served at Christ the King Church in Jersey City, at Seton Hall University in South Orange, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Elizabeth and at St. Mary Hospital, at the Immaculate Conception in Montclair, at Oratory Prep in Summit and at St. Michael Church in Jersey City. According to the listing, he victimized one person and is deceased.
John Flanagan: Ordained in 1941, he also served St. Barnard Church in Plainfield, St. Francis Hospital in Jersey City, Holy Rosary Church in Edgewater and Our Lady of All Souls in East Orange. According to the listing, he victimized one person. He is since deceased.
William McCann: Ordained in 1925, he also served at St. Aloysius Church in Jersey City, St. Peter and Paul Church in Hoboken, as an Army Chaplain, at Our Lady Help of Christians in East Orange, at St. Francis Church in Ridgefield Park and at St. Philomena Church in Livingston. He is since deceased.
Richard Mieliwocki: Ordained in 1972, he also served as a chaplain at Roselle Catholic, St. Joseph the Carpenter in Roselle, Most Holy Name in Garfield, Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange and Nativity In Midland Park. He victimized multiple people and has since been removed from the clergy, according to the church.*
Gerald Ruane: Ordained in 1960, he also served at Sacred Heart Institute in West Caldwell, at Caldwell College in Caldwell and at Our Lady of Lourdes in West Orange. He victimized multiple people and is since deceased, the archdiocese listing says.
One priest from the Parish Community of St. Helen in Westfield is listed.
Alan Guglielmo: Ordained in 1968, he also served at Immaculate Conception in Secaucus, St. Anthony of Padua in Newark, at Columbus Hospital in Newark, at St. Michael Medical Center in Newark, at St. Valentine Church in Bloomfield, at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, at Clara Maass Hospital in Belleville, at Sacred Heart Church in Lyndhurst, at St. Mary Hospital in Hoboken, at St. Mary Hospital in Jersey City, at CYO Hudson in Jersey City, at Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City, at St. Aedan's, which is the St. Peter’s University Church in Jersey City, at St. Michael Church in Union, at Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark and at Church of the Assumption in Roselle Park. He victimized one person, according to the archdiocese, and has since been permanently removed from the ministry.
Survivors and others with information pertaining to priests’ sexual abuse are asked to contact the attorney general’s toll-free tip line at 855-363-6548.
Staff Writer Daniel Han contributed to this report.
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* Editor's Note: A prior version of this story incorrectly listed the status of Richard Mieliwocki. The priest has been permanently removed from the ministry. Mieliwocki is still living.