Maryland Province of S.J. Reports Allegation
The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus has informed the Diocese of Raleigh that it has received an allegation of inappropriate contact with a minor by Father Stephen M. Garrity, SJ. In a letter dated January 7, 2013, the Society reported that the allegation pertains to the 1970s, when Father Garrity was assigned to Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA.
Father Garrity was removed from active priestly ministry in 2007, following an allegation of sexual misconduct with adults, which took place outside the State of North Carolina in the early 1980s. At the time of his removal from active priestly ministry, Father Garrity was serving as Pastor of Holy Cross Church in Durham, where he had served since 2001.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, at the time of the removal of Father Garrity, stated that the Diocese of Raleigh had no previous knowledge of any allegation of inappropriate contact with adults or minors made against Father Garrity.
Questions or concerns regarding Father Garrity should be conveyed directly to the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, in care of 8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 620, Towson, MD, 21286, or via email at Jesuits@mdsj.org, or by calling Maureen Locher at 443-921-1326.