Fr. William S. Crouse

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark

Religious Order: Sons of the Sacred Heart

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1959-1964: Combine College; Ethiopia
  • 1964-1965: St. Joseph’s Church; Georgia
  • 1965-1968: Sacred Heart Seminary; Ohio
  • 1968-19790: Verona Feathers; New Jersey
  • 1970-1971: Military Fort; Gordan, GA
  • 1971-1972: Long Bingh; Vietnam
  • 1972-1975: Fort Meade; Maryland
  • 1975-1977: Fort Buchanan; Puerto Rico
  • 1977-1979: St. Mary’s Church; Altoona, PA
  • 1979-1980: St. John Evangelist Church; Bellefonte, PA
  • 1980-1987: Chaplain at SCI Rockview
  • 1987-2002: St. Kateri Tekak.; Penns Valley


Worked in Ethiopia, GA, OH, NJ, Vietnam, MD, Puerto Rico and PA. Per the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 report, Crouse sodomized a 14-yr-old boy in the late 1960s while assigned to his order’s monastery (Sons of the Sacred Heart, or “Verona Fathers”) in Montclair, NJ. Victim told Altoona’s Bishop Adamec in 2002. (Crouse was assigned to Altoona-Johnstown diocese at the time.) Alleged a “Fr Ben” also molested him, and both gave him alcohol. Crouse admitted “inappropriate relationship.” Medical retirement 2002. Died 07/11/09.


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