Rev. Charles P. Granstrand

Summary of Case: A Newark archdiocesan priest, Granstrand was investigated by police in 2010 as a result of allegations that he had sexually abused two boys in 1996. Charges were not filed. In April 2012 Granstrand remains in ministry.

: 1966
Incardinated: Newark archdiocese


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Newark archbishop was Thomas Aloysius Boland (1952-1974)

1967       Granstrand is not indexed in the 1967 Directory.
1967 1971 St. Aedan's Jersey City NJ 5/5, 4/4, 3/5 St. Aedan's had a school with 435 -412 boys and 432-429 girls.


Boland was succeeded by Peter Leo Gerety (1974-1986)

1974 St. Mary's Nutley NJ 3/4 St. Mary's had a school with 808-642 students.
1974 1977 Sacred Heart Cathedral Newark NJ

4/5, 5/5, 5/6

In residence.

Sacred Heart had a school with 246 students.
1977 1984 Most Blessed Sacrament Franklin Lakes NY 2/2 Most Blessed Sacrament had a school with 180-201 students.
1984 1985 Absent on Sabbatical Leave        


Theodore Edgar McCarrick replaced Gerety (1986-2000)

1989 On Duty Outside the Archdiocese/North American College Vatican City      


John Joseph Myers follwed McCarrick as Newark archbishop (2001-)

2012 Our Lady of Mercy

Park Ridge

In 2010 police investigated allegations that Grandstrand had sexually abused two boys in 1996. The boys were said to have been students at Our Lady of Mercy's parish school. Charges were not filed.

NJ 1/2, 1/3, 1/5, 1/4

Our Lady of Mercy had a school with 257-431 students.



Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1967-2011)

Park Ridge Pastor Denies Sex Abuse Allegations, By Alexander Macinnes, The Record, September 13, 2010

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.

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This assignment record collates Granstrand's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation 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 April 18, 2012

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