Rev. Allen F. Stepien

Summary of Case: Stepien was placed on leave in 2002 due to accusations that he had sexually abused minors in the late 1970s or early 1980s. In 2003 the Paterson diocesan review board deemed the accusations to be credible, and asked the Vatican for permission to hold a church trial. Stepien continued to be listed in the Official Catholic Directory in 2009, as retired.

: 1965


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Paterson bishop was James Johnston Navagh (1963-1965), followed by Lawrence Bernard Brennan Casey (1966-1977)

1968 St. Rose of Lima East Hanover NJ 2/2 Parish had a school with 283-259 students.
1968 1971 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Morristown NJ 2/4 Parish had a school with 494-364 students.


Casey was succeeded as bishop by Frank Joseph Rodimer (1977-2004)

1979 St. Anthony's Hawthorne NJ 2/4, 2/3, 3/4, 1/4 Parish had a school with 482-241 students.
1979 1995 St. Philip the Apostle


Accusations surfaced in 2002 that Stepien had sexually abused "minors" 20 or so years previously. Diocesan officials released no other information. (The Record
April 23, 2002)

NJ 2/3, 2/4 Parish had a school with 325-610 students.
1995 2002 St. Mark the Evangelist Long Valley NJ 1/1, 1/2

Parish had a CCD program with 245-500 students.

Stepien was removed from active ministry in April 2002, due to accusations that he sexually abused minors at least 20 years previously.(The Record
April 23, 2002)


Arthur Joseph Serratelli replaced Rodimer as Paterson bishop (2004- )

2008 Absent on Leave      

The accusations against Stepien were considered credible by the diocesan review board. ( [New Jersey]
January 9, 2003)

The diocese said that it asked the Vatican for permission to hold a church trial for Stepien. A criminal trial could not be held due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. (Observer-Tribune [New Jersey]
October 23, 2003)

2008 2009 Retired Clifton NJ    

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on April 23, 2010