Fr. David A. Ernst

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1954-1969: St. Mary’s, Help of Christians/Our Lady Help of Christians; East Orange, NJ
  • 1969-1976: St. Francis’; Ridgefield Park, NJ
  • 1976-1980: St. Mary’s; Rutherford, NJ
  • 1980-1982: St. Joseph’s; Union City, NJ
  • 1982-1988: St. Elizabeth; Wyckoff, NJ


Multiple accusers over the years. Sex education teacher for boys at Our Lady Help of Christians parochial school in East Orange, where he was assigned 1954-1969. Died 3/26/88. At least one claim against Ernst included in 10/04 $1M settlement between Archdiocese and individuals who claimed abuse by 9 priests. Also worked in parishes in Ridgefield Park, Rutherford, Union City and Wyckoff. On archdiocese’s list 2/13/19.


Cranford Citizen & Chronicle 05.20.54The Record 10.09.04Archdiocese of Newark List 02.13.19Archdiocese of Newark Tobin Letter 02.13.19; Assignment Record;