Fr. Gerard “Jerry” Chasse

Diocese:  Diocese of Rockville Center, Diocese of Helena

Summary of Assignments:

  • Ordained; 1971
  • St. Patrick’s, Bay Shore, NY; 1971-72
  • St. Luke’s, Brentwood, NY; 1972-75
  • Not indexed in the 1976 Directory.
  • Mary Immaculate, Bellport, NY; 1976-77
  • Immaculate Conception in Butte, MT, but not indexed there. The index of the Directory in 1978-80 notes that Chasse is “on duty outside the diocese,” but the Rockville Centre pages do not say where. Recent media reports state that Chasse worked in Montana, and by examining the pages for the Helena diocese (western Montana), we located him in Butte.; In residence 1977-80
  • Laicized; 1980

Notes:  1994 civil suit (later dismissed on statute of limitations issue) alleges that Chasse repeatedly sexually abused and sexually molested a youth from January, 1969 through December, 1976 in Brentwood, NY. Chasse moved to Montana in 1977 and served for 3 years before leaving the priesthood in 1980. Has been identified as Priest I in the Suffolk Co. Grand Jury Report of 2003.

Sources:  Newsday 04.23.02; Newsday 06.03.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Suffolk County Grand Jury Report on Priest I, 01.17.03; Newsday 02.12.03


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