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Assignment Record– Rev. John J. Stronkowski

Summary of Case: John J. Stronkowski was ordained for the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1985. He assisted at parishes in Bridgeport, Fairfield and Danbury before being named pastor of St. Ambrose in Bridgeport in 2004. He was the lead priest at St. Margaret Mary in Shelton from September 2012 until May 2014 when the bishop asked him to resign due to "persistent absenteeism from both the rectory and the parish and its ministries, his growing difficulties with both the staff and lay leaders of the parish, and other personal and administrative shortcomings." Stronkowski was then on leave of absence. In June 2016 his name was included on the diocese's list of "Credibly Accused Diocesan Priests" for abuse of a minor more than ten years previously. He was placed on Administrative Leave and his faculties were removed.

Ordained
: 1985

   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1985

Diocese of Bridgeport

Bishop was Walter William Curtis (1961-1988), followed by Edward Michael Egan (1988-2000).

1990 St. Patrick's Bridgeport CT 2/4, 2/3

St. Patrick's had a school with 248-215 students.

 

1985 1990 CT State Correctional Institution   CT   This was a station of St. Patrick's in Bridgeport.
1985 1990 St. Vincent Medical Center Bridgeport CT    
1990 1993 Assumption Fairfield CT 2/3 Assumption had a school with 360-330 students, and a CCD program with 324 students.
1993 1994         Stronkowski is not indexed in the 1994 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.

1994

Egan was succeeded as Bridgeport bishop by William Edward Lori (2001-2012).

2004 St. Gregory's Danbury CT 2/3 St. Gregory''s had a school with 200-326 students.
2004 2012 St. Ambrose Bridgeport CT 1/3, 1/2, 1/1 St. Ambrose had a school with 300-222 students, and a CCD program with 30-64 students.

September 2012

Frank Joseph Caggiano replaced Lori (2013-).

May 2014

St. Margaret Mary Shelton CT Administrator; Pastor

Stronkowski is not indexed in the 2013-2015 Directories, nor is he listed as at St. Margaret Mary. This assignment is per news reports.

May 2014 June 2016 Leave of Absence       Stronkowski was asked to resign by Bishop Caggiano in May 2014 for "persistent absenteeism from both the rectory and the parish and its ministries, his growing difficulties with both the staff and lay leaders of the parish, and other personal and administrative shortcomings."
June 2016   Administrative Leave       In June 2016 Stronkowski's name was included on the diocese's list of "Credibly Accused Diocesan Priests" for abuse of a minor more than ten years previously. He was placed on Administrative Leave and his faculties were removed.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1986-2015).

Catholic Diocese Removes Priest As Pastor of Shelton Church, Shelton Herald, May 12, 2014
Bridgeport diocese haunted by past abuse, By Daniel Tepfer, CT Post, September 17, 2016


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This assignment record was last updated on October 17, 2016.


 
 

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