Rev. Thomas D. Skotek– Assignment Record
Summary of Case: Skotek is known to have two "complaints" of "misconduct" against him. He was removed from ministry in April 2002. He had been evaluated at some point years before due to a complaint, was deemed not to be a pedophile or predator, and was returned ministry.
Scranton bishop was Jerome Daniel Hannan (1954-1965), followed by Joseph Carroll McCormick (1966-1983).
|1967||SS. Peter and Paul (Polish)||Plains||PA||3/4, 3/3||Parish had a school with 388-392 students.|
|1967||1969||St. Joseph's (Polish)||Wyoming||PA||2/2|
|1969||1972||St. Mary of the Mount||
• Accused publicly in 2002 of having engaged in "improper conduct" 30 years previously. (Wilkes Barre Times Leader
|1969||1972||St. Joan of Arc||Pocono Summit||PA||This was a mission of St. Mary of the Mount.|
|1969||1972||Pocono Manor||PA||This was a station of St. Mary of the Mount.|
|1969||1972||Mount Airy||PA||This was a station of St. Mary of the Mount.|
|1969||1972||Henryville||PA||This was a station of St. Mary of the Mount.|
|1972||1977||St. Hedwig's (Polish)||Kingston||PA||2/2||Parish had a school with 142-122 students.|
|Bishop O'Reilly High School||Kingston||PA||This assignment is per news reports. ([Wilkes-Barre PA] Times Leader
July 9, 2009)
|1977||1979||Our Lady of Mount Carmel||Lake Silkworth||PA||1/1|
Hannan was succeeded as bishop by James Clifford Timlin (1984-2003).
|1985||St. Casimir's (Polish)||Freeland||PA||1/1|
|1984||1986||Bishop Hafey High School||
The school had 668-572 students.
Skotek is not indexed in the 1986 Directory, but he is listed in the Scranton diocesan pages at Bishop Hafey.
• Bishop Timlin stated in 2002 that Skotek was the subject of a complaint "several years ago" for "misconduct", and that a professional evaluation determined that he was not a pedophile or predator. (Wilkes Barre Times Leader
|Skotek is not indexed in the 1987 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous assignment.|
|1987||1999||St. Aloysius||Wilkes-Barre||PA||2/3, 2/2||Parish had a school with 327-235 students.|
|1999||2002||St. Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help||Mocanaqua||PA||1/1|
|2002||Ascension||Mocanaqua||PA||Pastor||Skotek was removed from this parish and St. Mary's in April 2002, due to "misconduct that took place" thirty years previously. Skotek admitted to the behavior. (Wilkes Barre Times Leader
April 18, 2002)
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1964-2009 )
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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 2, 2010.