Rev. John D. Reardon

Summary of Case: In March, 2011, Reardon was placed on Administrative Leave by the archdiocese, along with 20 other Philadelphia priests determined to have credible allegations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.

: 1973
Incardinated: Philadelphia


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Philadephia archbishop was John Joseph Krol (1961-1988)

1977 St. Joseph the Worker •Fallsington PA 2/2, 2/3 St. Joseph the Worker had a school with 472-438 students.
1977 1982 St. Leo's Philadephia PA 3/5, 3/4, 2/2, 3/3 St. Leo's had a school with 731-677 students.
1982 1987 St. Bridget's Philadephia PA 4/5, 3/5 St. Bridget's had a school with 216-245 students.
1987 1988 St. Colman's Ardmore PA 2/5 Consolidated school: SS. Colman and John Neumann in Bryn Mawr.


Krol was succeeded by Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1987-2003)

1994 Nativity of Our Lord Warminster PA 3/4, 3/3, 2/3, 2/4 Nativity of Our Lord had a school with 668-737 students.
1994 2001 Seven Dolors Wyndmoor PA 3/3, 2/3

In residence.
Seven Dolors had a religious education beginning in 2000 (per the 2001 Directory) with 30 students.
1994 2011 Metropolitan Tribunal Philadephia PA Defenders of the Bond  


Justin Francis Rigali replaced Bevilacqua (2003-2011)

2005 Metropolitan Tribunal Philadephia PA Secretary  
2001 2005 St. Genevieve's Flourtown PA


In residence.

St. Genevieve's had a school with 228-244 students, and a religious education program with 208-169 students.
2003 2005 Seven Dolors Wyndmoor PA   This was a station of St. Genevieve's in Flourtown.


Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. succeeded Rigali (July 2011-)

March 2011 St. John of the Cross Roslyn PA 1/3, 1/2, 1/1

St. John of the Cross had a school with 227-150 students, and a religious education program with 190-175 students. The school is shown in the 2011 Directory to be part of the Good Shepherd Regional Schools in Ardsley, with 253 students.

Reardon was placed on leave in March 2011, along with 20 other priests of the archdiocese, due to credible allegations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-2011)

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Places 21 Priests on Admininstrative Leave, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, March 8, 2011
Statement of Cardinal Justin Rigali Regarding Administrative Leaves, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, March 8, 2011
Philadelphia Archdiocese Places 21 Priests on Leave, By David O’Reilly, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 8, 2011
21 Priests Suspended in Philadelphia, By Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times, March 8, 2011
List of 21 Suspended Archdiocese Priests, By David O’Reilly, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 9, 2011
Abington Parishioners Hear about Priest, My Fox Philly, March 9, 2011
The 21 Priests, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 10, 2011

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