Fr. William Greene

Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York


  • 1926: Graduated from Fordham University
  • Attended St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers
  • 1929: Ordained
  • 1950: Named a monsignor in Rome by Pope Pius XII
  • Assistant Pastor at Holy Cross Church; 239 West 42nd St.
    • He also served as the Catholic Chaplain of the New York City Transit Authority while at Holy Cross.
  • Priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    • He also served as the Music Director for the Archdiocese while at St. Patrick’s.
  • (20 years): Pastor at Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Ardsley, New York

Notes:  In a February 2004 lawsuit, Greene was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy between 1956 and 1957, while Greene was assigned to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. A second man notified the New York Archdiocese in 2009 that Greene had molested him as a choir boy at St. Patrick’s between 1954 and 1959, while Greene was the Archdiocese Music Director.

Greene died on September 24, 1976 at age 72.

Sources:  Perez et al v. Parrakow, et al, Supreme Court of NY, County of NY, 02.26.04; NY Times Obituary 9.26.1976