Rev. Eugene D. Corbesero, i.m.c.

Summary of Case: Corbesero was a priest of the Consolata Society for Foreign Missions in Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. He left the order in 1979 or 1981 and was laicized in 1983. He married and was later widowed. In August 2006 the parents of a 12- year-old boy reported to police that Corbesero molested him at a sleepover at Corbesero's New Jersey home. Corbesero admitted the abuse and was convicted of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was sentenced in October 2007 to five years in prison. He died in 2016.

In December 2019 the Diocese of Charlotte released a list credibly accused clerics, which included Corbesero. It noted that in 1995 the diocese received a report that Corbersero sexually abused a teenage boy sometime between 1973 and 1975, while assigned to Our Lady of Consolation in Charlotte.

Ordained: 1962
Died: 2016


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Grand Rapids bishop was Allen James Babcock (1954-1969)

1963 Our Lady of Sorrows (Italian) Grand Rapids MI  


Trenton bishop was George William Ahr (1950-1979)

1971 Consolata Society for Foreign Missions Somerset NJ Vocation Director beginning in 1965; not listed as such, however, in the 1976 Directory.  
1971 1972       Corbesero is indexed as at the Consolata Society for Foreign Missions in the 1972 Directory, but he is not listed in the Trenton diocesan pages as there.


Hartford archbishop was John Francis Whealon (1968-1991)

1973   Milford CT Corbesero is indexed as at
1 Glenn St., Milford, CT.


Charlotte bishop was Michael Joseph Begley (1971-1984)

1976 Our Lady of Consolation Charlotte

Per the diocese on its list in December 2019, it received a report in 1995 that Corbesero sexually abused a teenage boy sometime between 1973 and 1975.
NC 1/3, 1/2 Parish had a school with 352-300 students.
1973 1976 St. Dorothy's Lincolnton NC   This was a mission of Our Lady of Consolation in Charlotte.


Louis Edward Gelineau (1971-1997)

1979? St. Lawrence's Centredale RI 3/3 The 1979 Directory indexes Corbesero as at St. Lawrence's but it does not list him as there in the Providence archdiocesan pages. He does not appear in the Directories after 1978. He left the order to marry in 1979 or 1981.
1979? 2007  

Franklin Township

In Aug. 2006 Corbesero was charged with the sexual assault of a 12- year-old boy during a sleepover at Corbesero's home. Corbesero acknowledged the assault.


Corbesero was laicized in 1983.

A "confidential informant" told prosecutors in 2006 that Corbesero may have been accused of child sexual abuse in the past. A judge would not allow prosecutors to review Corbesero's personnel file from his time as a priest.

In Oct. 2007 Corbesero was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1963-1978)

Court Denies State Request for Files in Abuse Case, By Jennifer Golson, Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), May 9, 2007
Ex-Priest Apologizes for Molesting Boy, Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), October 6, 2007
Ex-franklin Priest Loses Appeal of Sentence in Sex Case, By Michael Deak, Home News Tribune, December 26, 2008
Ex-priest Loses Appeal on Child Abuse Charge, By Nyier Abdou, The Star-Ledger, December 27, 2008

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This assignment record was last updated on January 8, 2019.