Fr. Peter Charland

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1972: Ordained at St. Agnes Cathedral; Rockville Centre, NY
  • 1973-1975: St. Philip and James Catholic Church; St. James, NY


In 2/18 it was announced that 8 people had filed claims with the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan, alleging sex abuse as children by Charland in the early 1970s. The 8 were members of St. Phillips and James parish’s “PJ Folk Singers”. One man said the abuse started when he was age 11, and that it occurred in the rectory, in Charland’s car, and on a choir trip to Romania. Some families reportedly complained to the diocese about Charland’s behavior in the mid-1970s. Charland appears to have left ministry by 1976. He went on to marry a woman with 3 sons and to work as a psychotherapist with children. He died in 2004.


Charland letter Summer 1995; Hartford Courant via Legacycom 06.10.04; News12 Long Island 02.15.18; Times Beacon Record 02.18.18

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.