Assignment Record –Rev. Neil P. McLaughlin, s.j.

Summary of Case: Neil P. McLaughlin was ordained a Jesuit of the Maryland Province in 1959. He spent the bulk of his ministry in the Scranton, PA diocese, as a Scranton Preparatory School science teacher and later as a campus minister and alumni club administrator at the University of Scranton. He was sent to a Highland Park, NJ parish for a year or so in 1964, then returned to Scranton. From the mid-1960s to the early 1980s McLaughlin spent summers as a Georgetown University Hospital chaplain. He also helped out at Scranton area parishes throughout the years. In 2006 McLaughlin was removed from ministry by the Jesuits after a review of his personnel file revealed an allegation of child sexual abuse from "much earlier." In 2008 a woman reported to the province what they deemed a credible allegation that McLaughlin sexually abused her in 1963 in Scranton, when she was a young girl. The allegations weren't made public until 2010, after McLaughlin told his order that "there may be other victims" in Scranton. McLaughlin was known in 2010 to be living in a Jesuit Community in Baltimore.

: 1959


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Baltimore archbishop was Francis Patrick Keough (1947-1961).

1960 Woodstock College Woodstock MD  


Albany bishop was William Aloysius Scully (1954-1969).

1962 Our Lady of Martyrs Tertianship Auriesville NY    


Scranton bishop was Jerome Daniel Hannan (1954-1965).

1964 Scranton Preparatory School


• In 2008 the Jesuits received a report of what they deemed a credible allegation from a woman who said McLaughlin abused her in 1963 when she was a young girl in Scranton. McLaughlin had been removed from public ministry in 2006 after another allegation from "much earlier" was discovered during a review of McLaughlin's personnel file, per the Jesuits. The allegations weren't made public until 2010.

PA science teacher; physics dept. head 1961-1983 Scranton Prep. was a Jesuit High School for boys until 1971, when girls were first admitted. It had 394-660 students.


Trenton bishop was George William Ahr (1950-1979).

1965 St. Paul the Apostle Highland Park NJ assisted This assignment is per news reports. (The 1965 Directory indexes McLaughlin as still at Scranton Prep.)


Washington DC archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973). He was succeeded by William Wakefield Baum (1973-1983), followed by James Aloysius Hickey (1980-2000).

1983 Georgetown University Hospital Washington DC part-time chaplain during summers This assignment is per news reports.


Hannan was succeeded as Scranton bishop by Joseph Carroll McCormick (1966-1983).

1978 Scranton Preparatory School Scranton PA    


McCormick was replaced by John Joseph O'Connor (1983-1984), followed by James Clifford Timlin (1984-2003).

1995 St. John Bosco Conyngham PA weekend mass celebrant This assignment is per news reports.
1978 1979         McLaughlin is not indexed in the 1979 Directory.


Scranton Preparatory School Scranton PA  

Scranton Prep. had 694-834 students.

Per news reports, McLaughlin returned to Scranton Prep. during 1985-1986. The Directories index him as at the Univ. of Scranton for that year.


Timlin was succeeded by Joseph Francis Martino (2003-2009).

2006 University of Scranton Scranton PA Jesuit community administrator 1983-1985; assistant director of campus ministries 1985-1986; alumni club administrator; alumni club chaplain 2002-2006  
1990s   St. Mary of the Assumption Scranton PA weekend mass celebrant This assignment is per news reports.
1996 2006 St. Thomas More Lake Ariel PA part-time ministry This assignment is per news reports.


Baltimore archbishop was William Henry Keeler (1989-207), followed by Edwin Frederick O'Brien (2007-2011).

2008 Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Maryland Provincial Curia Baltimore MD    



2010 Colombiere Jesuit Community Baltimore MD  

McLaughlin is not indexed beyond the 2010 Directory.

The Maryland Province Jesuits stated in 2010 that McLaughlin told them "there may be other victims of similar sexual misconduct in the Diocese of Scranton."


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2010)

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Surface against Former Scranton Jesuit, By Joe McDonald, The Times-Tribune, November 30, 2010
Sexual Misconduct Allegations Surface against Former Scranton Jesuit, By Joe McDonald, Citizens Voice, December 1, 2010
Possible Victims of Priest Sought, By Mark Guydish, Times Leader, December 1, 2010
Jesuit Priest Accused of Decades-Old Abuse, MSNBC, December 1, 2010
Possible Victims of Priest Sought, By Mark Guydish, Go Lackawanna, December 5, 2010
Prep Sends Letter to Alumni about Possible Abuse by Jesuit Priest, By Sarah Hofius Hall, The Times-Tribune, December 5, 2010
Sexual Abuse Allegations Levied against Priest, By Erin L. Nissley, Citizens Voice, June 8, 2011

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