Assignment Record – Rev. Joseph B. Di Peri
Summary of Case: Joseph B. Di Peri was a priest of the Newark NJ archdiocese, ordained in 1956. He worked in a number of archdiocesan parishes and schools, and was a hospital and youth detention center chaplain. He then spent more than a decade as an instructor at Oratory School in Summit NJ. In 1977 Di Peri was sent to Canoga Park CA for "health" reasons, where he worked at Marianist-run Chaminade Preparatory High School. He appears to have returned to NJ after a year, where he again taught at Oratory, and then at a high school in Englewood NJ. His whereabouts after 1986 are unclear. In September 2002 Los Angeles police received a report that Di Peri molested a male Chaminade student during 1977-1978. The Newark archdiocese removed his privileges in 2003. By 2005 Di Peri was on the archdiocese's "permanent monitoring system" and was living in a Trenton diocese retirement home. He died in 2007.
Newark archbishop was Thomas Aloysius Boland (1952-1974).
|1960||Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Jersey City||NJ||
4/4 , 3/4, 3/5
Di Peri taught in the elementary school and organized and directed a high school equivalency program for high school dropouts.
|Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had a school with 155-230 boys and 138-194 girls.|
|1960||1962||St. Anthony's||Belleville||NJ||3/4, 2/4||St. Anthony's had a school with 224-222 boys and 199-208 girls.|
|1960||1962||Clara Maas Hospital||Belleville||NJ||chaplain|
|1960||1962||Essex County Youth House||This was a detention center for "juvenile delinquents."|
|1962||1967||St. Lucy's||Newark||NJ||5/5, 3/4, 4/5||St. Lucy's had a school with 228-109 boys and 96 girls.|
|1963||1967||St. James High School||Newark||NJ||English, Spanish and American history teacher; group guidance counselor|
Boland was succeeded by Peter Leo Gerety (1974-1986).
|1977||Oratory School||Summit||NJ||full-time teacher; dean of students for four years; student council moderator||Oratory was a private Catholic college preparatory school with 180-275 students, all boys.|
Los Angeles archbishop was Timothy Manning (1970-1985).
|1978||Chaminade Preparatory High School||
• In September 2002 Los Angeles police received a report that Di Peri molested a male Chaminade student and dormitory resident 1977-1978. The abuse was said to have been reported to school officials and the police at the time.
|CA||Dormitory chaplain and prefect; teacher||
Chaminade Prep had 544 boys and 440 girls. It was run by the Society of Mary (Marianists).
Di Peri was granted leave from the Newark archdiocese to work in CA for "health" reasons.
|1980||1981||Di Peri is not indexed in the 1981 Directory, nor is he listed as at his previous or next assignments.|
|1981||1986||St. Cecilia Regional High School||Englewood||NJ||
St. Cecilia's had 132-63 boys and 113-83 girls.
Di Peri is not indexed beyond the 1986 Directory.
Gerety was replaced as Newark archbishop by Theodore Edward McCarrick (1986-2000), followed by John Joseph Myers (2001-).
Di Peri was removed from ministry in 2003 after the Newark archdiocese learned he had been credibly accused of molesting a boy in CA in the 1970s. By 2005 Di Peri was living in a retirement home in the Trenton diocese and was on the Newark archdiocese's "permanent monitoring system."
He died in 2007.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-1986)
• LA Archdiocesan Report, Feb. 17, 2004
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.
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