Religious Order: Carmelite Fathers and Brothers (O.Carm.)
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York
Summary of Assignments:
|1954||1956||St. Michael’s Priory||Mantzville||Pennsylvania|
|1956||1957||Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Middletown||New York|
|1956||1957||Our Lady of Assumption – Mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Bloomingburgh||New York|
|1956||1957||St. Paul’s – Mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Bullville||New York|
|1956||1957||Holy Name – Mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Otisville||New York|
|1956||1957||Holy Cross – Mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||S. Centreville||New York|
|1956||1957||Our Lady of the Scapular – Mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Unionville||New York|
|1956||1957||New York City Reformatory – Station of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||New Hampton||New York|
|1956||1957||Middletown State Hospital – Station of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Middletown||New York|
|1956||1957||State School Annex – Station of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||New Hampton||New York|
|1957||1962||Does not appear in the Official Catholic Directories|
|1962||1985||Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Middletown||New York|
|1962||1985||Our Lady of Assumption||Bloomingburgh||New York|
|1962||1985||St. Paul’s||Bullville||New York|
|1962||1985||Holy Name||Otisville||New York|
|1962||1985||Holy Cross||S. Centreville||New York|
|1962||1985||Our Lacy of the Scapular||Unionville||New York|
|1962||1971||New York City Reformatory (’62-’71)||New Hampton||New York|
|1962||1980||Middletown State Hospital (’62-’80)||Middletown||New York|
|1962||1974||Otisville Training School (’62-’74)||Otisville||New York|
|1974||1976||Otisville Drug Rehabilitation Center (’74-’76)||Otisville||New York|
|1985||Present||Does not appear in the Official Catholic Directories, Sent to Holland in 1985 to “retire.” Died there in 1990.|
According to bishop-accountability.org, in 1973, a 7-year-old boy told his father that Boxelaar forced his hand down the boy’s pants during confession at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish school. The boy’s father reportedly confronted Boxelaar, who denied misconduct. The boy’s mother contacted a lawyer and mothers of other boys at the school. The mothers said Boxelaar had also molested their boys, but they wanted to keep it quiet. The boy’s family decided not to press charges so that their son would not have to testify. Another mother complained to the church about Boxelaar in 1981, and again in 1985. Boxelaar threatened her with excommunication if she ‘created scandal.’ Along with other parents of boys allegedly molested by Boxelaar, the mother went to the state police. When the parents were told their sons would have to testify, they decided not to press charges. Boxelaar was quietly sent to Holland to “retire” in 1985. He reportedly died there in April 1990.
These reports of abuse were confirmed in 2002, by Carmelite Provincial, Rev. Michael Driscoll, who admitted that the Carmelites’ records show they received six complaints about Boxelaar, five in the ’80s and one in the ’70s.
In 2002, after news reports of Boxelaar’s abuse, at least 25 more men came forward to say that they, too, were sexually abused as boys by Boxelaar in the 1970s.
Sources: Times Herald-Record 04.21.02; Times Herald-Record 05.19.02; Times Herald-Record 06.13.02; Times Herald-Record 02.28.04; Hudson Valley News Network 11.11.16; Times Herald-Record 03.28.18; BA.org Assignment Record; http://bishop-accountability.org/member/psearch.jsp
Note: Years listed 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.