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Assignment Record– Rev. George J. Koychick

Summary of Case: George Koychick was ordained for the Harrisburg diocese in 1949. He assisted at parishes in Harrisburg, Mt. Carmel, York and Mechanicsburg, and was pastor in Williamstown, York and Palmyra. He was also chaplain during the late 1950s-early 1960s at the PA Industrial School in Camp Hill. The Official Catholic Directory does not index Koychick 1997-2000; his whereabouts during that time are unclear. He was in residence 2000-2003 at a McSherrytown parish, then drops out of the Directory altogether. In August 2016 the diocese publicly acknowledged that in 2003 it received credible allegations against Koychick of child sexual abuse that occurred in the 1970s.

Ordained: 1949


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1949

Diocese of Harrisburg

Bishop was George Leo Leech (1935-1971).

1952 St. Francis of Assisi Harrisburg PA 3/3, 2/3

St. Francis had a school with 84-387 students.

 

1952 1953 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mt. Carmel PA 3/4 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had a school with 378 students, and a vacation school with 40 students.
1953 1957 St. Joseph's York PA 2/2, 2/3 St. Joseph's had a school with 324-516 students, and a vacation school with 71-35 students.
1957 1962 St. Joseph's Mechanicsburg PA

2/2, 3/3

In residence.

St. Joseph's had a school with 252-386 students.
1957 1962 PA Industrial School Camp Hill PA chaplain  
1962 1967 Sacred Heart of Jesus Williamstown PA 1/1 Sacred Heart had a grade school until 1964 with 131-90 students, and a high school 1966-67 with 79 students.

1967

Leech was succeeded as Harrisburg bishop by Joseph Thomas Daley (1971-1983).

1981 St. Patrick's

York

Koychick was accused in 2003 of perpetrating child sexual abuse in the 1970s. The diocese did not acknowledge this publicly until August 2016.

PA

1/3, 1/4

 

St. Patrick's had a school with 460-226 students.
1980 1981 Rural Dean York County (except Hanover) PA    

1981

William Henry Keeler replaced Daley as bishop (1983-1989), followed by Nicholas Carmen Dattilo (1989-2004).

1997 Holy Spirit Palmyra PA 1/1, 1/2

The Directories show a CCD program 1992-1997 with 202-144 students.

1997 2000         Koychick is not indexed in the 1998-2000 Directories.
2000 2003 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary McSherrytown PA

2/2

In residence.

Annunciation of the BVM had a school with 386-407 students, and a CCD program with 110-95 students.

2003

Dattilo was succeeded as Harrisburg bishop by Kevin Carl Rhoades (2004-2009), Joseph Patrick McFadden (2010-2013), then Ronald William Gainer (2014-).

2016        

Koychick is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory.

In 2016 the diocese stated that when allegations surfaced in August 2003 about 1970s abuse, Koychick was already retired, out of ministry, and forbidden to function as a priest. They also said law enforcement was notified.

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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1950-2003).

Two City Priests To Be Ordained, Harrisburg Evening News, March 22, 1949
Rev. George Koychick Observes 25 Years In The Priesthood, York Daily Record, March 30, 1974
Diocese: Three priests added to list of alleged abusers, By Brandie Kessler, ydr.com, August 29, 2016

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy and Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.

This assignment record collates Koychick's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with the allegations against him, as 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 August 30, 2016.


 
 

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