Msgr. Robert M. Chabak

Summary of Case: A Newark, NJ priest ordained in 1972, Chabak pastored a number of parishes throughout the archdiocese, and was given the title "Monsignor" in 1995. In 2004 he was placed on administrative leave after an accusation surfaced that he had sexually abused a boy in the 1970s, when the boy was around 15 years-old. The abuse is said to have occurred over a three-year period. Chabak has been retired since 2008.

: 1972
Retired: 2008


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Newark archbishop was Thomas Aloysius Boland (1952-1974), followed by Peter Leo Gerety (1974-1986).

1979 St. Mary of the Assumption


Chabak was accused in 2004 of the sexual abuse of a 15 year-old boy at St. Mary's in the 1970s. The abuse is said to have occurred repeatedly over a three-year period.

NJ 2/4, 4/4, 5/5 Assumption had a grade school with 518-356 students, and a high school with 497-684 students.


Gerety was succeeded by Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1986-2000).

1988 Christ the King Hillside NJ 1/5, 1/3, 1/2 Christ the King had a school with 257-235 students.
1988 1989 Absent on Sabbatical Leave        
1989 1990 St. Theresa's Kenilworth NJ   Chabak is said to have worked at St. Theresa's for seven months.
1990 1997 SS. Peter and Paul Hoboken NJ 1/4, 1/3 SS. Peter and Paul had a school with 200-244 students.
    Presbyteral Council Newark NJ    
1994 1997 Dean of Central Hudson Region Deanery 9 Newark NJ   Chabak is first noted to be a Monsignor in the 1996 Directory.


John Joseph Myers replaced McCarrick (2001-).

2006 St. Valentine's Bloomfield NJ 1/3, 1/4, 1/5

St. Valentine's had a Catechism program with 170-215 students.

Although he is listed in the 2005 and 2006 Directories as at St. Valentine's, Chabak was placed on Administrative Leave in November 2004.

2002 2004 Dean of North Essex Deanery 16 Newark NJ    
2006 2008         Chabak is not indexed in the 2007 or 2008 Directories.
2008 2012 Retired Normandy Beach NJ    


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1973-2012)

Priest accused of sex abuse in Elizabeth, Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], November 16, 2004

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This assignment record was last updated on June 18, 2013