Statement on Arrest of Diocesan Priest

Diocese of Allentown
September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

Criminal charges have been filed today against Monsignor John Mraz, a priest of the Diocese of Allentown.

Last month, the presence of suspicious content on Monsignor's computer was brought to the attention of the Diocese. The Diocese immediately notified law enforcement officials and cooperated completely with the investigation that resulted in the charges filed today.

Monsignor Mraz was ordained in 1975. He was a professor at the former Reading Central Catholic High School, Allentown Central Catholic High School and Vice Principal and Director of Spiritual Activities at Marian High School in Tamaqua. He was chaplain at the Newman Center at Lehigh University and Assistant Superintendent in the Diocesan Office of Education. He was pastor of the former St. Bertha Parish in Tuscarora, at Assumption B.V.M, Northampton and since 2008 at St. Ann Parish in Emmaus.

Monsignor Mraz has been removed from public ministry and cannot present himself as a priest.

Because this matter is now in the hands of the judicial system, the Diocese will withhold further comment.

Contact: Matt Kerr
               610-871-5200, Extension 265 













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