Assignment Record– Rev. Joseph H. Gorecki

Summary of Case: Gorecki was accused of having sexually abused at least seven boys during the 1960s and 1970s. Shortly after a mother reported to a nun that Gorecki had molested her young son over a three year period, Gorecki was removed from the Bridgeport diocese and sent to the Norwich diocese for a few years. Gorecki was a founder of the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement. He died in 1988.

Ordained: 1959
Died: 1988


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Bridgeport bishop was Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1953-1961), followed by Walter William Curtis (1961-1988)

1964 SS. Cyril and Methdodius


Accused in lawsuits decades later of sexually abusing boys here between 1960 and 1964. (Connecticut Post
November 13, 2002) One man claimed Gorecki started abusing him when he was six years old, and that the abused lasted until he told his mother three years later. Gorecki was moved out of parish shortly after the mother reported the abuse to a nun at school. (Connecticut Post
October 17, 2003)

CT 3/3 Parish had a school with 441-269 students and a commercial high school dept. with 74-45 students.


Norwich bishop was Vincent Joseph Hines (1959-1975)

1966 St. Mary's Jewett City CT 2/3 Parish had a school with 453-462 students.
1964 1966 St. Catherine of Siena Preston CT   This was a mission of St. Mary's in Jewett City.


Bridgeport bishop was Walter William Curtis (1961-1988)

1970 St. Joseph's Shelton CT 2/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 563-502 students.
1970 1971 St. Teresa's


• The diocese settled in 2003 with six people who alleged sexual abuse by Gorecki in the 1960s and 1970s, when they were boys. Another man later claimed that Gorecki sexually abused him at St. Teresa's in 1971, when he was a 12 year old boy. (Connecticut Post Online
June 16, 2006)

CT 3/5 Parish had a school with 598 students.
1971 1973 Holy Name Stamford CT 2/2 Parish had a school with 314-305 students.
1973 1974 Assumption Westport CT 2/3 Parish had a school with 205 students.
1974 1975 St. Vincent Hospital Bridgeport CT Associate Chaplain  
1975 1978 St. Mary's Norwalk CT 2/4  
1978 1985 Absent on Leave      

Gorecki was a founder of the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement, which was started in Sandy Hook CT. He is known to have traveled to Richmond VA to offer mass for a new ORCM community in the late 1970s (, and by 1979 a circuit system set up among eleven priests offered the Tridentine Mass in sixteen states, including the California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and New York.

The 1985 Directory is the last in which Gorecki's name appears. He died in 1988. (Connecticut Post
October 18, 2002)

: Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-1985).

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This assignment record collates Gorecki's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with seven allegations as they are reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegations we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.

This assignment record was last updated on September 8, 2009.

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