Fr. John P. Nickas

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1966-1967: Blessed Sacrament; Franklin Lakes, NJ
  • 1967-1969: St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral; Newark, NJ
  • 1969-1972: St. Rocco’s (Italian); Newark, NJ
  • 1972-1977: St. Ann’s; Newark, NJ
  • 1977-1997: St. Rocco’s; Newark, NJ
  • 1997-2004: St. Peter Claver’s; Montclair, NJ
  • 2004-2005: Not listed in the Official Catholic Directory for 2005.
  • 2005-2008: Retired; Caldwell, NJ


Died 10/09/08. A $75K settlement involving claims against Nickas announced 5/15/13. Accused of sex abuse of a boy on several occasions 1970-72, at St. Rocco’s in Newark. Also accused of giving the boy alcohol. A second man alleged that he was molested as a child while staying at a Newark homeless shelter founded by Nickas. The diocesan review board deemed both allegations not credible. After the first settlement, attorney asked that this man’s claims be re-investigated. On archdiocese’s list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted.


FindAGrave 10.09.08; Star-Ledger 10.18.08; Star-Ledger 05.15.13The Record 05.16.13SNAP Statement 09.06.13Archdiocese of Newark List 02.13.19Archdiocese of Newark Tobin Letter 02.13.19; Assignment Record;