Fr. Francis Stinner

Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1967:  Ordained
  • 1968-1972:  Immaculate Conception; Port Jervis, NY
  • 1973-1980:  John S. Burke Catholic High School; Goshen, NY
  • 1981-1989:  John F. Kennedy High School; Somers, NY
    • Also coached boy’s soccer team
  • 1989:  Not indexed in the Directory
  • 1991-1997:  St. Joseph’s; Bronxville, NY
  • 1998-2001:  Not listed in the Directory
  • July 2005:  Laicized


Stinner was accused of sexually abusing an 11 year-old altar boy at St. Mary’s Church in Port Jervis, where Stinner was in charge of the altar boys and the Catholic Youth Organization program.

In 1988, the boy’s parents sent a letter to church officials, notifying them of the abuse. Stinner denied the allegations. The Archdiocese reportedly assured the family that Stinner had received treatment and that he would not be allowed around children.

In 1995, the man and his parents complained again when they discovered that Stinner was working at St. Joseph’s Church in Bronxville and that he won an award for running a Catholic Youth Organization program.

Three men came forward to accuse Stinner of sexually abusing them as boys in the 1960s and 1970s. Stinner was removed from assignment in 1997 after the abuse allegations became public. According to reports, there have been at least 10 altar boy victims.

As of 2002, Stinner was discovered to be celebrating weekend masses at St. John and St. Mary Church in Chappaqua for two and a half years at the invitation of the local parish pastor. Stinner’s privilege to celebrate Mass was reportedly removed in 2002.

Stinner was laicized in 2005. He died in August 2017.

The Archdiocese reached settlements with the victims through their compensation program in May 2017 and October 2017.

Sources:  Journal News (NY) 4.10.02 (in collection of articles); New York Daily News and Journal News 3.22.02 (in collection of articles); Times Herald-Record 04.10.02; Times Herald-Record 04.12.02; Times Herald-Record 04.21.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Republican 03.14.04; Journal News 07.09.05; Newsday 07.09.05; Times-Herald Record 07.20.05; Times Herald-Record 10.07.12

Note: Years in parentheses indicate editions of the Official Catholic Directory. Because of the publication schedule of the Directory, a priest listed at a parish in a given year was also likely at that parish for part of the previous year.