Assignment Record– Rev. Robert G. Gibney

Summary of Case: Robert G. Gibney was a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark NJ, ordained in 1954. He assisted at parishes
in Kearney, Newark and Dumont, and was pastor of parishes in Cedar Grove and Ridgewood. For ten years Gibney was a U.S.
Navy chaplain. He also served as Director of students at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington and was chaplain at
Overlook Hospital in Summit. Gibney died January 6, 2012. In a lawsuit settled in November 2014, Gibney was accused of the
sexual abuse of a child 1961-63 in Newark NJ.

Ordained: 1954
January 6, 2012


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Newark archbishop was Thomas Aloysius Boland (1952-1974).

1957 St. Cecilia's Kearney NJ 4/4 St. Cecilia's had a grade school with 375-442 boys and 400-474 girls, and a high school with 95-100 boys and 130-219 girls.
1957 1961 Immaculate Conception Seminary Darlington NJ Director of Students  
1961 1965 Sacred Heart


Accused in a lawsuit settled November 2014 of sexually abusing a child 1961-63 while assigned to Sacred Heart.

NJ 4/5, 4/6 Sacred Heart had a school with 598-699 boys and 586-720 girls.
1965 1975 U.S. Navy     Chaplain  


Boland was succeeded by Peter Leo Gerety (1974-1986).

1978 St. Mary's Dumont NJ 3/4 St. Mary's had a school with 286-232 students.
1978 1985 St. Catherine of Siena Cedar Grove NJ 1/3, 1/2 St. Catherine's had a school with 231-151 students.


Theodore Edgar McCarrick replaced Gerety (1986-2000).

1991 Overlook Hospital Summit NJ Chaplain  


John Joseph Myers succeeded McCarrick as Newark archbishop (2001-).

2005 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Ridgewood NJ 1/5, 1/4, 2/6 (Pastor Emeritus 1997-2005) Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had a religious education program with 999-1,486 students.
1997 2012 Msgr. Kelley Residence for Retired Priests Caldwell NJ   Gibney died January 6, 2012.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons 1955-2012)

Father Robert G. Gibney Obituary, Star-Ledger, January 8, 2012
Recent Priest Abuse Settlements, Boston Globe, March 28, 2016
Assignment Histories for 16 Clerics Named in Recent Settlements by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian,, March 28, 2016


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This assignment record was last updated on April 11, 2016.