Fr. John J. Laferrera

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark


In 2009 a man told the archdiocese that he had been abused by Laferrera and Fr. T. Smith. Accusation dismissed as not credible. At least 11 other accusers came forward. Civil suit filed 3/11 by four; four others later joined. Pastor of Saint Philomena’s in Livingston when suit filed. Removed 7/11 when he took voluntary leave. Denied charges. Allowed to retire with benefits as of 6/6/12. Six plaintiffs settled 6/12 for $300K total and his privileges were removed. Claims of two more plaintiffs were to be mediated. On archdiocese’s list 2/13/19. It notes multiple alleged victims. Permanently removed from ministry.


Voice from the Desert 03.17.11Saint Philomena’s Roman Catholic Church 03.25.11News 12 03.29.11Media Release 06.26.11Livingston Patch 06.27.11Livingston Patch 07.04.11Star Ledger 07.04.11Star Ledger 07.10.11SNAP Statement 07.12.11Voice from the Desert 06.06.12Star Ledger 07.14.12The Patch 07.16.12Archdiocese of Newark List 02.13.19Archdiocese of Newark Tobin List 02.13.19;