Fr. Raymond L. Cole

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen


Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Hillsborough, NJ. Removal from active ministry announced 10/25/13 after allegation of abuse of a minor in late 1970s when he was associate pastor at St. Mary Parish in South Amboy. County prosecutor informed the diocese but will not file criminal charges due to Statute of Limitations. Review Board and retired investigator found allegation “not frivolous.” Cole denied the allegation. Matter referred to Vatican. Cole found not guilty by a church tribunal, composed of three priests from outside the diocese, in 11/15. Cole was planning to go to Guatemala to study Spanish, then return to the diocese to do Hispanic ministry.


Bishop of Metuchen letter 10.25.13; Star Ledger 10.28.13Hillsborough Patch 10.29.13My Central Jersey 10.29.13My Central New Jersey 11.13.15NJ website 11.13.15SNAP 11.13.15CentralJersey 11.16.15The Patch 11.16.15Suburban 11.17.15;