Fr. Adam Prochaski

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1968-1994:  Holy Cross; Brooklyn, NY
  • 1994-2002:  Absent on Sick Leave
  • Filled-in at St. Adalbert’s, Brooklyn and St. Stanislaus Kostka, Maspeth


Assigned 1969-1994 to Holy Cross parish and school in Maspeth, Queens. In 9/17 former Holy Cross teacher stated publicly she reported to the school’s principal in 1990 that Prochaski was abusing girls who were her students and that the principal laughed at her in response. She said she later told new principal, and the diocese was informed, but not much done. Per diocese, first allegations reported to diocese 1994; Prochaski “left priesthood” soon after, but still listed in Directory through 2002 as absent on sick leave and absent on leave. By 11.20/17 34 former students had come forward, one a male. Abuse allegedly 1972-1994, of children ages 5-16. Many were polish immigrants, brought to the U.S. with Prochaski’s help. The former teacher said she’d heard from hundreds of former students that Prochaski abused them. Unable to be prosecuted due to NY statute of limitations. Settlement 10/17 as part of the diocese’s compensation fund.

Sources: New York 09.26.17New York Daily News 09.26.17The Gothamist 09.26.17New York Daily News 09.27.17Queens Courier 09.27.17Spectrum News NY1 09.27.17New York Daily News 09.28.17Queens Chronicle 10.05.17Queens Times Ledger 10.06.17New York Daily News 10.09.17WCBS-880 (CBS Radio) 10.10.17New York Times 10.11.17ABC7 Eyewitness News 10.25.17New York Daily News 11.20.17New York Daily News 11.21.17QNS Assignment Record