Rev. Mark A. Honhart

Summary of Case: Honhart was removed from active ministry by the Scranton diocese in Feb. 2011 after a man accused Honhart of having sexually abused him as a boy in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, where Honhart spent most of his career. Two more men surfaced with similar accusations by late 2011. The accusers said they were between 8 and 12 years old when abused. Honhart was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and he was ordained for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Honhart also spent some time as a priest in the Sante Fe diocese.

: 1980


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop wa John Joseph Sullivan (1977-1993)

1981 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin


In Nov. 2011 a man filed suit, accusing Honhart of sexually abusing him when he was a 9-12 year old Nativity grade school student, from 1980-1984. The man also accused Rev. Thomas M. Reardon and Msgr. Thomas J. O'Brien. He said the abuse took place at Nativity parish and at a Lake Viking cabin. Honhart is said to have performed oral sex on the boy in his car and in the Nativity rectory basement. The man said he attempted suicide repeatedly as a child.

MO 2/2

Nativity had a school with 305-286 students.

Per the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, Honhart was born in Pennsylvania and ordained in 1980 for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). He requested and was granted parish ministry in Kansas City-St. Joseph. (He first appears in the 1980 Directory, which is an indication he may have been ordained in 1979.)

Reardon and O'Brien have been accused by dozens of men of having sexually abused them as boys. They are said to have taken boys on overnight trips to Lake Viking, where they would ply to boys with alcohol and marijuana and expose them pornography.

1981 1986 Holy Cross

Kansas City

Honhart was accused in a March 2011 lawsuit of sexually abusing an 8 to 9 year-old boy at Holy Cross in the 1980s. The boy was cleaning windows and bathrooms at the school to work off a $15.00 fine he'd received for chewing gum at school. Honhart is said to have forced the boy to receive and perform oral sex. The suit said Holy Cross priest, Rev. Hugh Monohan, also sexually abused him. The accuser claimed he was abused over a four year period.

A man filed suit in Aug. 2011, accusing Honhart of sexually abusing him when he was 11 or 12 years old, while Honhart was a priest at Holy Cross.

MO 2/2

Holy Cross had a school with 332-321 students.







As of Aug. 2011, Monohan was the subject of seven lawsuits with accusations that he had sexually abused children.

1986 1990 St. Patrick's St. Joseph MO 1/1 St. Patrick's had a school with 128-185 students.
1990 1991         Honhart is not indexed in the 1991 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages at his previous or next assignments.


Sullivan was succeeded by Raymond James Boland (1993-2005)

2000 Immaculate Conception Richmond MO 1/1 Immaculate Conception had a religious education program with 96-70 students.
1991 2000 Sacred Heart Norbone MO   This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in Richmond.
2000 2002 St. Rose of Lima Savannah MO 1/1 St. Rose's had a religious education program with 112-102 students.
2000 2002 St. Patrick's Forest City MO   This was a mission of St. Rose of Lima in Savannah.


Santa Fe archbishop was Michael Jarboe Sheehan (1993-)

2003 Prince of Peace Catholic Community Church Albuquerque NM 2/2

Prince of Peace had a religious education program with 343 students.

Honhart moved to Albuquerque to care for his elderly mother.

2003 2004 Our Lady of Belen Belen NM


In residence.

Our Lady of Belen had a school with 207 students, and a religious education program with 700 students.
2003 2004   Los Chavez, Jarales, Pueblitos, Bosque NM   These were missions of Our Lady's in Belen.

July 2004

Scranton bishop was Joseph Francis Martino (2003-2009)

2005 On Duty Outside the Diocese/
St. Rose of Lima
Carbondale PA assistant pastor Honhart is listed in the 2005 Directory only as as "On Duty Outside the Diocese (SFE)". He is not listed in the diocesan pages at his previous or next assignments. Assignment is per Scranton diocese statement, which also stated that Honhart requested a move to Scranton in 2003 to be closer to his mother (who moved there from New Mexico) and his sister.



2007 St. Anthony's/St. Bridgets/St. John the Baptist Throop PA 1/1 Administrator These three parishes were merged. They had a religious education program with 103 students.


Joseph Charles Bambera followed Martino as Scranton bishop (2010-)

2010 Our Lady Help of Christians Dorrance (Wapwallopen) PA 1/1 Our Lady's had a religious education program with 104 students.
    Sacred Heart and St. Joseph (became Ascension) Forest City PA assistant pastor Assignment is per Scranton diocese statement.
2010 Feb. 3, 2011 St. Katharine Drexel

Pleasant Mount PA 2/2

St. Katharine's had a religious education program with 4 students.

The Scranton diocese announced in Feb. 2011 that Honhart was placed on leave of absence "for reasons of health". On March 8 the diocese acknowledged that Honhart had been removed from active ministry due to the allegation that he had sexually abused a boy in Kansas City, MO in the 1980s. The diocese stated further that it informed the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese of the allegations, and that Honhart was sent immediately to treatment. Bishop Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph did not inform parishioners in his diocese of the allegations.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1980-2011)

Bishop Bambera Announces Clergy Appointments, Diocese of Scranton, February 8, 2011
Lawsuit Accuses Former Kc Priests, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, March 8, 2011
Lawsuit Accuses 2 Priests of Molesting Mo. Boy, Blames Kc Diocese for Failing to Prevent It, KSPR, March 8, 2011
Priest Removed from Ministry after Sex Allegations, By Libby A. Nelson, The Times-Tribune, March 8, 2011
Statement Regarding Fr. Mark Honhart, Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, March 8, 2011
Accused Area Priest Removed from Ministry, By Matt Hughes, The Times-Leader, March 9, 2011
Lawsuit Filed Accusing 2 Priests of Molestation, KCTV, March 9, 2011
Priest Facing Lawsuit Suspended from Ministry, WNEP, March 9, 2011
Diocese Releases More Details of Priest Accused of Sex Misconduct, Times Leader, March 11, 2011
Group Urges Grand Jury Inquiry into Priest Sex Crimes, Cover-Ups, By Michael Mansur and Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, April 27, 2011
Former Metro Priest Sued for Alleged Sexual Abuse, Fox 4, August 25, 2011
Former Local Priest Faces a Second Sex Abuse Lawsuit, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, August 26, 2011
Another Lawsuit Filed Alleging Abuse by Diocese of Kansas City Priest, By Laura McCallister, KCTV, August 26, 2011
Former Kansas City Catholic Priest Faces Seventh Lawsuit Accuses Him of Past Sexual Abuse, The Republic
August 30, 2011
Man Accuses Three Priests of Abuse in Latest Suit, Fox 4, November 1, 2011
Statements from the Diocese and SNAP, Fox 4, November 1, 2011
Missouri Man Sues, Alleging Three Priests Sexually Abused Him in 1980s, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, November 2, 2011
Another Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse by Local Priests, The Examiner, November 5, 2011
Springfield Clergy Abuse Victim Speaks Out, By Barbara Dorris, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, November 30, 2011


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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 16, 2011