Fr. Matthew Fitzgerald

Diocese:  Diocese of Rockville Centre, Diocese of Palm Beach

Summary of Assignments:

  • 6/8/1968:  Ordained, St. Columban and St. Patrick, Ireland
  • 1970-1974:  St. Hedwig’s, Floral Park, NY
  • 1974-1978:  St. Pius X, Plainview, NY
  • 1978-1982:  Holly Patterson Home, Uniondale, NY
  • 1982-1985:  St. Brigid’s, Westbury, NY;
  • 1985-1986:  St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, NY
  • 1986-1989:  St. Patrick’s, Smithtown, NY
  • 1989-1991:  St. Ignatius Loyola, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • 1992-1993:  St. Lucie’s, Port St. Lucie, FL
  • 1994-1996:  Our Lady of Lourdes, Boca Raton, FL
  • 1997-1998:  St. Lucie’s, Port St. Lucie, FL
  • 1999-2001:  Food for the Poor, Deerfield Beach, FL (perhaps the “special assignment” listed in the Directory)
  • 2001:  Retired

Notes:  Accused of abuse of 1 teenage boy in Rockville Centre diocese in mid-1980s. Transferred to Palm Beach, Fl diocese in 1989. At least 4 separate allegations in parishes in Florida. Privileges removed by Palm Beach diocese in 2002. Named in 2003 civil suit in New York. Also sued in Florida. Identified as Priest B in the Suffolk Co Grand Jury Report

Sources:  Tribune 2.7.10; Sun-Sentinel 04.20.02; Newsday 04.23.02; Sun-Sentinel 04.24.02; Newsday 06.03.02; Suffolk County Grand Jury Report 01.17.03; Newsday 02.11.03; 03.18.03; Newsday 04.24.03; Sun-Sentinel 09.25.03; Sun-Sentinel 10.15.03; Palm Beach Post 02.28.04; Newsday 12.04.04; Sun-Sentinel 12.04.04 Assignment Record and Other Info

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.