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Assignment Record – Bro. Robert J. Post, C.F.C./Rev. Robert J. Post

Summary: Robert J. Post was a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers (Irish Christian Brothers) entering at the age of 17 in 1955, and taking his perpetual vows in 1965. He taught in Canada, Italy and the United States, serving for a time as assistant principal of Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, NY, then as principal of Blessed Sacrament High School in New Rochelle. He left the order to pursue priesthood and, in 1982, was ordained for the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT.

"Fr. Bob" served as an assistant or was in residence at parishes in Bethel, Darien and Stamford, was spiritual director for numerous high schools, including in Norwalk and Danbury. Post spent every August for many years, beginning in 1987, at St. Susanna's in Rome as a summer associate with the Paulist Fathers. For a time he was Master of Ceremonies for the Bridgeport diocese. He was also a fire department chaplain and he regularly celebrated mass for the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary sisters in Stamford.

Post was accused in a 2007 lawsuit of having engaged in improper behavior with male Blessed Sacrament students in the 1970s. By 2012 at least one former student had come forward alleging that he had been sexually abused by Post as a teenager, when Post was a religious brother. Two more men emerged with similar claims. The three were part of a legal case against the Irish Christian Brothers.

Post's status and whereabouts during 2013-2015 are unclear. As of 2016 he was retired and living at a priests' retirement residence in Stamford.

 

Perpetual Vows as Christian Brother: 1965
Ordained: 1982

 

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
        Canada teacher Post was a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers prior to his ordination, from 1957-1982.
        Italy teacher  
    Bishop Gibbons High School Schenectady NY assistant principal  

1976

Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983).

1979 Blessed Sacrament High School

New Rochelle

• Post was accused in a 2007 lawsuit of having engaged in improper behavior with male Blessed Sacrament students in the 1970s. By 2012 at least one former student had come forward alleging that Post had abused him as a youth. Two other men also came forward with claims that Post sexually abused them as teenagers, when he was a religious brother. The three men were part of a legal case against the Irish Christian Brothers.

NY principal  
1979 1982          

1982

Diocese of Bridgeport

Bishop was Walter W. Curtis (1961-1988).

1984 St. Mary's Bethel CT 4/5, 2/2 Parish had a school with 227-245 students.

1982

Archdiocese of New York

Cooke was succeeded as bishop by John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

 

1984 St. Gabriel's High School New Rochelle NY part-time spiritual director  

1984

Diocese of Bridgeport

Bishop was Walter W. Curtis (1961-1988).

1987 St. Thomas More Darien CT

2/3

In residence.

Parish had a religious education program with 675 students.

1984

Edward M. Egan succeeded Curtis as Bridgeport bishop (1988-2000).

1989 Stamford Catholic High School Stamford CT spiritual director SCHS had 694-484 students.
1985 through at least 2008 Chapel of the Sisters, Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Stamford CT Post celebrated mass regularly in the sisters' mother house chapel.  
1987 through at least 2008 Saint Susanna's Rome Italy summer associate with the Paulist Fathers "Fr. Bob" spent every August at Saint Susanna's.
1988 1995 Diocesan Master of Ceremonies Bridgeport CT    
1992 1995 Trinity Catholic High School (formerly Stamford Catholic High School) Stamford CT spiritual director Trinity Catholic had 400 students.
    Central Catholic High School Norwalk CT spiritual director  
    Immaculate High School Danbury CT spiritual director  
1995 through at least 2008 Fire and Rescue Department Stamford CT chaplain  
1987 1999 Sacred Heart (Italian) Stamford CT

5/6, 4/4, 3/3, 3/5, 3/6

Listed in the diocesan pages of the Official Catholic Directories as "in residence" 1987-1988 and 1992-1993. The suffix, "Ph.D" is added to his name in 1995.

Sacred Heart had a school with 214-175 students.

Post earned a doctorate in educational administration fro Pacific Western University in Los Angeles, CA.

1999

Curtis was replaced as Bridgeport bishop by William E. Lori (2001-2012).

2004 St. Thomas More Darien CT

2/2

 

Parish had a religious education program with 907-970 students.
2004 2005         Post is not indexed or listed at his previous assignment in the Bridgeport pages of the 2005 Directory.
  2006 Sacred Heart Academy Stamford CT spiritual director  

2005

Lori was succeeded by Frank Joseph Caggiano (2013-).

2013 St. Thomas More Darien CT 2/3, 2/2, 1/1, 2/2

Parish had a religious education program with 1,084-824 students.

2013 2015         Post is not indexed in the 2014 or 2015 Directories, nor is he listed in the Bridgeport pages as at his previous assignment or as retired.
2015 2016 Retired Stamford CT   Post is noted in the 2016 Directory to be living at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Retired Priests' Residence.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1982-2007).

Priest Continues Court Battle with Bishops, Alleged Abusers, By Matt C. Abbott, Renew America, August 17, 2007
US District Court, Southern District, No. 05-CV-10467
Father Bob Born in 1940, stmdarienct.org, April 27, 2008
• Demonstrators Demand Removal of Darien Priest, By Michael P. Mayko, CT Post, August 26, 2012
• Protestors Seek Removal of St. Thomas More Parochial Vicar, By Patrick Barnard, The Patch, August 26, 2012
• Details of Abuse Allegation against Darien Priest Elusive, By David Gurliacci, The Patch, August 28, 2012

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This assignment record was updated May 5, 2017.

 
 

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