Fr. Jaime “James” Duenas



Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1950-1967:  Ordained in Colombia and began working in the Archdiocese of New York in the late 1960s
  • 1968-1971:  Our Lady of the Rosary; New York City, NY (In Residence)
  • 1968-1971:  Our Lady Star of the Sea; Governors Island, NY
  • 1971-1974:  St. Mary’s; Staten Island, NY
  • 1975-1978:  Not listed in the 1975-1978 Catholic Directories
  • 1978-1981:  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; Tuxedo, NY (In Residence)
  • 1982-1984:  Not listed in the 1982-1984 Catholic Directories
  • 1984-1985:  St. Martin of Tours; Bronx, NY
  • 1985-1991:  St. Teresa of Avila; North Tarrytown, NY
  • 1991-2014:  Nativity of Our Blessed Lady; Bronx, NY
  • June 6, 2014:  Died

Notes:  Also known as “Fr. James”. On August 2, 2011, Duenas was arrested at Nativity of Our Blessed Lady in the Bronx and charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl who had just started working in the rectory. He blamed the girl for wearing short skirts. The alleged abuse occurred within two weeks of the day he was arrested. Archdiocese said there were no previous allegations. Duenas pled guilty, but also had case sealed. The girl filed a civil suit as of June 30, 2014. Duenas had died earlier that month on June 6, 2014.

Sources: NY 08.04.11; KTLA 08.04.11; My Fox NY 08.04.11; NY1 08.04.11;SNAP Statement 08.04.11;Spero News 08.04.11;WABC 08.04.11; Wall Street Journal 08.04.11;WPIX 08.05.11; WPIX 08.08.11; SNAP Statement 01.06.12; New Civil Rights Movement 01.12.12;Berger’s Beat 05.05.12; NY Post 06.30.14; SNAP Statement Assignment Record