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Archdiocese of New York

School In Hudson Valley To Close: 'Sad Day,' Superintendent Says School In Hudson Valley To Close: 'Sad Day,' Superintendent Says
School In Hudson Valley To Close: 'Sad Day,' Superintendent Says A school in Westchester County has announced it will cease operations at the end of the academic year.  In an announcement on Wednesday, May 1, the Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York revealed the Transfiguration School in Tarrytown would close at the end of the 2023-24 academic year.  Officials attributed the decision to close the Catholic school to shifting demographics and lower enrollment, which have "significantly impacted" its ability to continue operating.  The St. Simon Stock School in the Bronx will also close for similar reas…
NY Archdiocese Ordered To Give Info On Coach Accused Of Molesting Student NY Archdiocese Ordered To Give Info On Coach Accused Of Molesting Student
NY Archdiocese Ordered To Give Info On Coach Accused Of Molesting Student A judge has ordered the Archdiocese of New York and three Catholic schools to turn over a host of documents and information regarding a former educator and coach who allegedly molested students over the course of decades. Edwin Gaynor, of Ossining, is accused of fondling minors during gym classes in the 1960s when he worked at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, as well as other students in Westchester, according to a lawsuit filed in Westchester County civil court two years ago. It is alleged that the Archdiocese of New York knew of the abuse and rather than handle the situation,…
COVID-19: New Details Released On Exposure Incident In Hudson Valley COVID-19: New Details Released On Exposure Incident In Hudson Valley
Covid-19: New Details Released On Exposure Incident In Hudson Valley New details have been released after COVID-19 exposure was confirmed at a church in Westchester. A priest and a staff member at Holy Innocents Catholic Church, located at 431 Bedford Road in Pleasantville, tested positive for COVID-19 The two individuals have potentially exposed many people over four days of services, the Westchester County Department of Health said. Anyone who attended the following services must quarantine, as required by the New York State Department of Health, for 14 days (regardless of a negative COVID-19 test) from that last visit to the Church during these days: M…
COVID-19: School District In Hudson Valley Reports Exposure To Students COVID-19: School District In Hudson Valley Reports Exposure To Students
Covid-19: School District In Hudson Valley Reports Exposure To Students An alert has been issued for COVID-19 exposure for students who attended a ceremony at a church in Westchester. On Friday, Aug. 28 a priest from Holy Innocents Church in Pleasantville tested COVID positive. "Unfortunately, that priest distributed communion to several of our students who were present for a First Holy Communion Ceremony," Mount Pleasant Superintendent of Schools Kurtis M. Kotes said in an email to the community. "I have been in contact with the Westchester County Department of Health, Carl Fulgenzi, Supervisor for the Town of Mount Pleasant, and the superintendent of sc…
COVID-19: Catholic School To Close In Dutchess COVID-19: Catholic School To Close In Dutchess
Covid-19: Catholic School To Close In Dutchess A total of 20 Catholic schools in New York, including nine in the Hudson Valley, will not reopen due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The permanent closures will impact approximately 2,500 students and 350 staff members. "The coronavirus public health crisis has had a devastating financial impact on Catholic school families and the greater Archdiocese," the Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement released Thursday, July 9. The Hudson Valley schools closing are: Westchester Holy Family School, New Rochelle Ou…
COVID-19: NY Archdiocese Catholic Elementary Schools Extend Closures To April 20 COVID-19: NY Archdiocese Catholic Elementary Schools Extend Closures To April 20
Covid-19: NY Archdiocese Catholic Elementary Schools Extend Closures To April 20 The coronavirus crisis has hit the Catholic Church amongst the hardest, with the planned closure of elementary schools in the Archdiocese extended into next month. Michael Deegan, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools announced that elementary schools within the archdiocese will be extending their closure until Monday, April 20to ensure the safety of students, staff, and parents. "Informed by the current CDC guidelines and in consultation with other health professionals, the Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools made this decision out of concern for th…
COVID-19: NY Archdiocese Cancels Masses At All Its Churches, Cuomo Modifies Election Procedures COVID-19: NY Archdiocese Cancels Masses At All Its Churches, Cuomo Modifies Election Procedures
Covid-19: NY Archdiocese Cancels Masses At All Its Churches, Cuomo Modifies Election Procedures The political process and religion have become the latest aspects of everyday life to feel the effects of the growing spread of the novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Archdiocese of New York announced Saturday, March 14 that, effective immediately, it is canceling, until further notice, all masses in its jurisdiction — including New York City, as well as Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties. The decision, made during the church's most solemn season, affects 296 parishes.  Churches will, however, remain open for private prayer. …
Nun Accused Of Sexually Abusing Student For Years At Area School Nun Accused Of Sexually Abusing Student For Years At Area School
Nun Accused Of Sexually Abusing Student For Years At Area School A former student at an area private school has accused a former nun who later took positions of power at schools in Westchester of sexually abusing her in the 1960s. Sister Ann Peterson has been accused of groping and molesting Pamela Hayes in Orange County at the Saint Joseph School in Middletown during the 1960s, according to court documents. At the time of the alleged abuse, Hayes was 10 years old. The new lawsuit, filed this week, accuses Peterson of asking Hayes to stay late after school, then she allegedly kissed, groping and molested her, according to the court documents that were fi…
Former Coach From Northern Westchester Accused Of Molesting Student At School Former Coach From Northern Westchester Accused Of Molesting Student At School
Former Coach From Northern Westchester Accused Of Molesting Student At School A former children’s sports coach in Westchester has become the latest accused of sexually abusing a minor decades ago as part of a Child Victims Act case that was filed earlier this month. Edwin Gaynor, of Ossining, is accused of fondling a minor during a gym class in the 1960s when he worked at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, according to a lawsuit filed in Westchester County civil court. It is alleged that the Archdiocese of New York knew of the abuse and rather than handle the situation, they instead continued to move Gaynor to different schools, none of which have been nam…
Former Pastor In Area Accused Of Child Sex Abuse Former Pastor In Area Accused Of Child Sex Abuse
Former Pastor In Area Accused Of Child Sex Abuse A longtime area Catholic priest has been placed on administrative leave following an allegation of child abuse from years ago. Monsignor Edward Weber, the director of Priest Personnel Office in the archdiocese, is one of four priests in the Archdiocese of New York to be placed on leave following new allegations, said an article in the Catholic New York, the archdiocese's newspaper. The three other priests include Msgr. Edward Barry of Holy Rosary parish in Hawthorne, Father William Luciano of Blessed Sacrament parish in New Rochelle, and Msgr. James White of St. Vito-Most Holy Tri…
Second Hudson Valley Priest In Week Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Child Second Hudson Valley Priest In Week Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Child
Second Hudson Valley Priest In Week Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Child For the second time this week, a priest in Westchester has been removed from his ministry and is facing accusations of sexual abuse decades ago. Church-goers in Hawthorne received a letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan alerting them that allegations have been made against Monsignor Edward Barry of the Holy Rosary Church. Dolan said that the allegations have been reported to the District Attorney’s Office and will have outside independent investigators “look into and assess the allegation,” before it is put before a Review Board. “The archdiocese has been informed of an allegation that Monsig…
Names Of 120 Priests Linked To Sex Abuse Released By NY Archdiocese Names Of 120 Priests Linked To Sex Abuse Released By NY Archdiocese
Names Of 120 Priests Linked To Sex Abuse Released By NY Archdiocese Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, recently released the names of 120 Catholic clergy members accused of child sexual abuse. "I write to ask forgiveness again for the failings of those clergy and bishops who should have provided for the safety of our young people but instead betrayed the trust placed in them by God and by the faithful," Dolan wrote in a Pastoral letter released along with the list. Dolan when on to say the comprehensive list includes of "all archdiocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors or who were the subject of a claim m…
Staffer Kicked Child At Facility In Dutchess, State Police Say Staffer Kicked Child At Facility In Dutchess, State Police Say
Staffer Kicked Child At Facility In Dutchess, State Police Say A staff member at a local childcare facility is facing charges after kicking a child, according to police. New York State Police say that a male staff member at kicked a child victim while working at the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck. Astor Home for Children is a facility sponsored by Catholic Charities in the Archdioceses of New York that provides mental health services to children on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The staff member, identified as 42-year-old Rey Ortiz of Kingston, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, on Thursd…
Sister Maria Teresa Colabella, Maryknoll Sister For 40 Years Dies Sister Maria Teresa Colabella, Maryknoll Sister For 40 Years Dies
Sister Maria Teresa Colabella, Maryknoll Sister For 40 Years Dies Sister Maria Colabella died on March 19 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll. She was 78 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 40 years. Maria was born on May 9, 1940 in Brooklyn to Emelia (Luongo) Colabella and Pasquale Colabella. She had two sisters, Sister Jaqueline Marie, SSND and Geraldine De Luca. Her parents and sisters have all predeceased her. In 1957, Maria graduated from St. Brendan’s Diocesan High School in Brooklyn. After graduating, she attended Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing in New York where she earned an R.N. diploma in 1960. She then continu…
Priest Faces Drug Possession Charge In Hudson Valley Priest Faces Drug Possession Charge In Hudson Valley
Priest Faces Drug Possession Charge In Hudson Valley Westchester County Police arrested two men, one a priest, for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Officers were traveling on John Walsh Boulevard in Peekskill shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, March 17, when they spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the vicinity of Charles Point Park, said Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O'Leary. Two men were found inside the vehicle and after further investigation officers recovered half an ounce of methamphetamine, two scales and other materials used for packaging narcotics, O'Leary said. Father Michael O’Leary, 50, o…
NY Archdiocese To Close Seven Schools, Including One In Dutchess NY Archdiocese To Close Seven Schools, Including One In Dutchess
NY Archdiocese To Close Seven Schools, Including One In Dutchess Seven Catholic schools will be closing their doors, including one in the Hudson Valley, the Archdiocese of New York announced. Citing declining enrollment, the Archdiocese announced that after 125 years, St. Mary Elementary School in Wappingers Falls was one of the institutions that will be shutting down when the academic year ends in June. Other closures were announced in Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx and Sullivan County. According to officials, “despite the Archdiocese's best efforts to maintain the operational and financial viability of these schools, continuing to educate stu…
Hudson Valley Priest In Court For Alleged Behavior With A Minor Hudson Valley Priest In Court For Alleged Behavior With A Minor
Hudson Valley Priest In Court For Alleged Behavior With A Minor A former priest in the area was back in court this week to respond to charges that he allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with a minor. Thomas Kreiser, a former priest in Bronxville, Garnerville and Yorktown, was in church on Wednesday, Jan. 16 after surrendering himself to police custody late last year for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old child. Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced last year that on Sept. 20, Kreiser allegedly engaged in touching his victim on an intimate part of her body while in a school building in Bronxville in the middl…
Ex-Area Priest Charged With Inappropriate Behavior With A Minor Ex-Area Priest Charged With Inappropriate Behavior With A Minor
Ex-Area Priest Charged With Inappropriate Behavior With A Minor A Westchester County priest has been charged with allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with a minor. Thomas Kreiser has surrendered himself to police and was arraigned in Bronxville Village Court this week for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old child. Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced that on Sept. 20, Kreiser allegedly engaged in touching his victim on an intimate part of her body while in a school building in Bronxville in the middle of the day. Scarpino noted that the 10-year-old was fully clothed at the time of the incident. At the time…
Hudson Valley Priest Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior With Minor Hudson Valley Priest Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior With Minor
Hudson Valley Priest Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior With Minor A Westchester County priest is currently under investigation for engaging in inappropriate behavior with a minor, church officials said. The Rev. Thomas Kreiser at the Church of St. Joseph, in Bronxville, has been removed from service and that the matter has been referred to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, said Joseph Zwilling, director of Communications for the Archdiocese of New York.  “We take all allegations of abuse seriously, and, as is our policy, immediately turned this allegation over to the Westchester DA," said Zwilling. The archdiocese and the parish is f…