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Assignment Record– Rev. George Boxelaar, O.Carm.

Summary of Case: George Boxelaar was a native of Holland, ordained at some point for the Carmelite Order. He was in the U.S. as early as 1954, assigned to the Carmelite's priory in Mantzville PA 1954-56, then to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish in Middletown NY 1956-57. The Official Catholic Directory shows a gap in his assignments 1957-62, after which he is shown again as at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for many years, until 1985. Boxelaar was involved with a number of the mission parishes affiliated with the parish; it is not clear whether he was assigned to all of the missions or to the parish's stations.

In 1973 a 7-year-old boy told his father that Boxelaar forced his hand down the boy's pants during confession at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish school. The boy's father reportedly confronted Boxelaar, who denied misconduct. The boy's mother contacted a lawyer and some mothers of other boys at the school; the mothers said Boxelaar had also molested their boys, but they wanted to keep it quiet. The boy's family decided not to press charges so that their son would not have to testify. Another mother complained to the church about Boxelaar in 1981, and again in 1985. Boxelaar threatened her with excommunication if she 'created scandal.' Along with other parents of boys allegedly molested by the priest, the mother went to state police. When the parents were told their sons would have to testify, they decided not to press charges. Boxelaar was quietly sent to Holland to "retire." He died in 1990.

In 2002, after news reports of Boxelaar's abuse of little boys, at least 25 more men came forward to say that they, too, were sexually abused as children by the priest. Carmelite Provincial, Rev. Michael Driscoll, acknowledged that the Order had received one complaint about Boxelaar in the 1970s, and five in the 1980s.

Ordained
: ?
Retired: 1985
Died: 1990


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1954

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Archbishop was John Francis O'Hara, C.S.C. (1951-1960).

1956 St. Michael's Priory Mantzville PA  

 

1956

Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was Francis Joseph Spellman (1939-1967).

1957 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Middletown NY    
1956 1957 Assumption, St. Paul's, Holy Name, Holy Cross, Our Lady of the Scapular Bloomingburgh, Bullville, Otisville, S. Centreville, Unionville NY   These were missions of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1956 1957 New York City Reformatory, Middletown State Hospital, State School Annex New Hampton, Middletown, New Hampton NY   These were stations of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1957 1962         Boxelaar is not indexed in the 1958-1962 Directories, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.

1962

Spellman was succeeded as New York archbishop by Terence James Cooke (1968-1983), followed by John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1985 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Middletown

In 1973 a 7-year-old boy told his father that Boxelaar forced his hand down the boy's pants during confession at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish school. The boy reportedly ran out of the school and down the street to his home after the incident. The boy's father confronted the priest, who denied misconduct. The father threatened arrest if it happened again. Another priest, who was present, said that kissing and hugging was a European tradition. The boy's mother called a lawyer and mothers of some other boys at the school; the mothers said their boys had been molested, too,by Boxelaar, but they didn't want to come forward. The family decided not to press charges when they were told their son would have to testify.

In 1981 a mother reported her son's molestation by Boxelaar to the church; when she complained again in 1985, Boxelaar showed up at her house and told her she could be excommunicated for creating scandal in the church. She and other parents of boys allegedly abused by Boxelaar then reported him to state police; the parents decided not to press charges to spare their sons the difficulty of testifying.

NY 3/4, 2/5, 2/4, 3/5, 4/5, 4/6

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had a school with 429-206 students.

Boxelaar is not indexed in the 1963-1977 Directories, but he is listed in the diocesan pages as at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel during those years.

In 2002 Carmelite Provincial, Rev. Michael Driscoll, stated that the Order received one complaint about Boxelaar in the 1970s and five in the 1980s.

1962 1971 New York City Reformatory, Middletown State Hospital, State School Annex, Otisville Training School Middletown, New Hampton, Otisville NY   These were stations of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1971 1974 Otisville Training School Otisville NY   This was a station of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1974 1976 Otisville Drug Rehabilitation Center Otisville NY   This was a station of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 1974-76, and a mission of the parish 1975-76.
1971 1980 Middletown State Hospital/Middletown Psychiatric Center Middletown NY   This was a station, and later a mission, of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1962 1985 Assumption Bloomingburgh NY   This was a mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1962 1985 St. Paul's Bullville NY   This was a mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1962 1985 Holy Name       This was a mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1962 1985 Holy Cross

S. Centerville

In 1993 a man reported to the Mount Carmel Priory in Middletown that Boxelaar molested him as a young boy. He was told that Boxelaar was quietly sent back to Holland and that "he had abused boys because he couldn't express his feelings." The man told a reporter in 2002 that when he was a 7-year-old altar boy at Holy Cross, Boxelaar kissed him on the mouth. The boy told his father, whose response was that it must have been a Dutch custom. The kissing continued over years and progressed to crotch-rubbing.

After publicity in 2002 regarding Boxelaar's sexual abuse of boys in decades past, multiple men came forward to report that the priest abused them, too, as little boys, some at Holy Cross.

NY   This was a mission of Our Lady of This was a mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown.Mt. Carmel in Middletown.
1962 1985 Our Lady of the Scapular

Unionville

Boxelaar was alleged in a 2002 news report to have sexually abused preadolescent boys at Our Lady of the Scapular.

NY    
1985 1990        

Boxelaar was sent to his native Holland in 1985 to "retire." He died there in 1990 at age 81.

As the result of news reports in 2002 that Boxelaar sexually abused children, at least 25 men came forward to say that they, too, had been sexually abused as boys by the priest.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1955-1985).

Priest's Abuse Victims Find Safety in Numbers, By Steve Israel, Times Herald-Record [recordonline.com], Posted May 19, 2002, Updated Dec. 15, 2010
An Abuse Victim Steps out of the Shadows, By Steve Israel, Times Herald-Record, April 21, 2002
 Conference Gives No Comfort, By Steve Israel, Times Herald-Record, June 13, 2002
 Priests Preyed on Local Youths, By Beth Quinn, Times Herald-Record, February 28, 2004
 Abuse Victim: “spotlight Continued Church Denial”, By Jay Behrke, Hudson Valley News Network, November 11, 2016 

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy and Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.

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This assignment record was last updated on March 15, 2017.


 
 

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