Fr. Sean Rooney




Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York, Archdiocese of Boston, Archdiocese of Birmingham, Archdiocese of Newark, Archdiocese of New Orleans, Diocese of Gary, Diocese of Paterson

Religious Order:  Salesians of Don Bosco

Summary of Assignments:

  • St. Dominic Savio High School, Boston, MA; 1959-1968
  • Salesian Day High School for Boys; Salesian Resident Junior Seminary; Camp Salesian for Boys; Salesian Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club, Cedar Lake, IN; 1968-1971
  • Don Bosco Technical High School, Paterson, NJ; 1971-1975
  • Archbishop Shaw High School, Marrero, LA; 1975-1979
  • Salesian Junior Seminary, Goshen, NY; 1979-1981
  • Don Bosco High School for Boys, Ramsey, NJ; 1981-1983
  • St. John Bosco Church, Birmingham, AL; 1983-2003
  • Holy Rosary, Birmingham, AL; 1983-2003
  • Salesian Provincial House, New Rochelle, NY; 2003-2008

Notes:  Accused in 12/16/13 lawsuit of repeated sexual abuse of a boy age 14 at the Salesian minor seminary in Goshen NY, where Rooney taught theology and physics and was the financial administrator. The alleged abuse included removing the boy’s clothing, touching and fondling the boy’s naked buttocks and genitals skin-on-skin, and masturbating on the boy. The boy was also allegedly abused by Rooney on a school bus trip from Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich. The complaint also alleged abuse of the boy in 1978 by Fr Joseph Maffei SDB and in 1981 by Bro Alan Scheneman SDB. Rooney was listed on the website of Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian on 10/31/14 after a settlement during the year previous. The Salesians confirmed a monetary settlement had been reached. Rooney worked in the Boston, Gary, Paterson, New Orleans, New York, Newark, and Birmingham (arch)dioceses during his 50-year career, and was laicized in 2008.

Sources:  John Doe v Fr Sean Rooney SDB et al 12.16.13; AP 10.31.14; BA Information Page 10.31.14; Garabedian Law 10.31.14


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