Fr. Ralph LaBelle

Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1978:  Ordained
  • 1979-1985:  St. Clare’s; Staten Island, NY
  • 1986-1989:  Church of the Visitation; Bronx, NY
  • 1990-1992:  St. Roch’s; Staten Island, NY
  • 1993-1998:  Chaplain at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; Manhattan, NY
  • 1999-2002:  Sacred Heart; Patterson, NY
  • 2003:  Not listed in 2003 Directory
  • July 2005:  Laicized

Notes:  LaBelle was removed in 2002 for misconduct of a non-sexual nature with two 15-year-old boys.

One mother at Sacred Heart contacted the Archdiocese 4 times between 1998 and 2002 with concerns about LaBelle’s inappropriate friendship with her 15-year-old son. The mother alleged that LaBelle bought her son fast food, cigarettes, three beepers, a cellphone, snowboarding equipment, and a pass to Thunder Ridge ski area. LaBelle reportedly disregarded the Archdiocese’s orders that he cease contact with the boy.

A second allegation was made against LaBelle in 2001, also involving a 15 year-old boy in 1998.

LaBelle has also been accused of molesting three 13-15 year old boys in the Bronx before he entered the seminary and for giving alcohol to an 11-year-old boy while LaBelle was a priest at Church of the Visitation.

Sources:  The Journal News (NY) 04.21.02; Journal News 04.25.02; Journal News 09.14.03; Journal News 07.09.05; Newsday 07.09.05; New York Daily News 05.18.17; New York Times 05.18.17; Journal News 05.23.17; Church Militant 10.26.17; LoHud 12.12.17 Summary of Directory Entries

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.