Rev. Contardo Angelo Omarini, S.S.P.
aka Angelo Contardo Omarini


Summary of Case: According to a 4/18/13 newspaper report, a man stated in 2012 NJ SOL testimony that as a teenage boy he was repeatedly raped by Rev. Contardo A. Omarini, a Pauline Father, in the early to mid-1960s. The boy was a parishioner at St. Bernard’s church in Plainfield NJ, in the Newark archdiocese, where Omarini said Mass in Italian on Sundays at least until 1977, traveling from the Society of St. Paul’s abbey and seminary on Staten Island in the NY archdiocese. The priest was assigned to the order's facility on Staten Island for his entire career, except for a two year stint at St. Paul's Monastery in Canfield OH in 1950-1952. In Omarini's early years as a priest, the Society of St. Paul had a connection with nearby St. Rita's church on Staten Island. The complainant states that there were other victims and that Omarini abused in Plainville and also on Staten Island at the Society's abbey there. Omarini died on 11/4/95.

Born
: 2/8/10
Ordained
: 1936
Incardinated: New York archdiocese, but also worked in Newark archdiocese.
Died: 11/4/95

   

Start Stop Parish & Other Assignments Town & Allegation State Position & Colleagues Notes
1936 1938 Whereabouts unknown.       Not indexed in the Directory.

1938

Cardinal Francis J. Spellman was Archbishop of NY 1939-1967

1941 Juniorate of Pious Society of St. Paul Staten Island
2187 Victory Blvd.
NY 1938: Rev. Francis X. Borrano, S.S.P., Supr.; Revs. Stanislaus P. Crovella, S.S.P., Mario E. Gandolfi, S.S.P., Anselm Viano, S.S.P., Bonaventure Baricalla, S.S.P., Contardo Omarini, S.S.P.

New York archdiocese

1938: 20 students

1941 1942 Novitiate of Pious Society of St. Paul Staten Island
2187 Victory Blvd.
NY Rev. Francis P. Borrano, S.S.P.. Supr.; Stanislaus P. Crovella, S.S.P.. Mario E. Gandolfi, S.S.P., Anselm Viano. S.S.P., Bonaventure Baricalla, S.S.P., Contardo Omarlnl. S.S.P., Victor L. Viberti, S.S.P., Alphonse F. Cappa, S.S.P., Lawrence Bertero, S.S.P.

New York archdiocese

20 students, 2 brothers.

1941 1942

St. Rita's church

Staten Island
281 Bradley Ave.
NY Rev. Francis P. Borrano, S.S.P., Supr.; Stanislaus P. Crovella, S.S.P., Mario E. Gandolfi, S.S.P., Anselm Viano. S.S.P., Bonaventure Baricalla, S.S.P., Contardo Omarini, S.S.P., Victor L. Viberti, S.S.P., Alphonse F. Cappa, S.S.P., Lawrence Bertero, S.S.P.

New York archdiocese

20 students, 2 brothers.

1942 1950 St. Paul's Seminary, Society of St. Paul Staten Island
2187 Victory Blvd.
NY 1942: Revs. Francis P. Borrano, S.S.P., Supr.; Stanislaus P. Crovella, S.S.P., Mario E. Gandolfi, S.S.P., Anselm Viano, S.S.P., Bonaventure Baricalla, S.S.P., Contardo Omarini, S.S.P., Victor L. Viberti, S.S.P., Alphonse F. Cappa. S.S.P., Lawrence Bertero, S.S.P.

New York archdiocese

1942: 25 students, 4 brothers.

1950

James McFadden was Bishop of Youngstown 1943-1952

 

1952

St. Paul Monastery

 

 

Canfield OH 1950: Revs. Victor M. Viberti, S.S.P., Supr.; Mario Gandolfi, S.S.P., Master of Novices; Raphael J. Casaliggi, S.S.P., Matthew A. Carmone, S.S.P., Contardo Omarini, S.S.P., Marian Palandrano, S.S.P., Theodore R. Vittoria, S.S.P.

Youngstown diocese

1950: 7 fathers; 8 novices;
5 brothers; 12 students

1952 1955

St. Paul's Seminary, Society of St. Paul

 

Staten Island
2187 Victory Blvd.

 

NY 1952: Revs. Mario Gandolfi, S.S.P., Supr.; Anselm Viano, S.S.P., Victor Viberti, S.S.P., Dominic Lunghi, S.S.P., Contardo Omarini, S.S.P., Marion Palandrano, S.S.P.

New York archdiocese

1952: 6 fathers; 8 brothers.

1956

Cardinal Terence J. Cooke was Archbishop of NY 1968-1983

Cardinal John J. O'Connor was Archbishop of NY 1984-2000

1995

Society of St. Paul in NYC

Staten Island
2187 Victory Blvd.

• Omarini was accused in 2012 of repeatedly raping a boy from St. Bernard's parish in Plainfield NJ in the mid-1960s; the victim alleges that Omarini would sometimes bring him to the abbey of the Society of St. Paul in Staten Island and abuse him there.

NY

1964: Revs. Francis X. Borrano, S.S.P., Supr.; Contardo Omarini, S.S.P., Vincent Ryan. S.S.P., Joseph A. Triano, S.S.P.

1967: Revs. Joseph A. Triano, S.S.P., Supr.; Francis X. Borrano, S.S.P.; Contardo A. Omarini, S.S.P.; Edmund C Lane, S.S.P.: Albert V. Mitsumori, S.S.P.; Dominic N. Twamley, S.S.P.

New York archdiocese

1964: 4 fathers; 19 brothers.

1967: 6 fathers; 19 brothers.

c 1964

Thomas A. Boland was Archbishop of Newark 1952-1974

Peter L. Gerety was Archbishop of Newark 1974-1986

c 1977

St. Bernard's

Omarini said Mass in Italian here on Sunday, at least 1964-1977 and likely longer. This assignment is not listed in the Directory.

• In 1972, Omarini was one of many priests who participated in an anniversary celebration at Holy Trinity church in Westfield NJ. It is not known what connection he had with the parish.

 

Plainfield

• Omarini was accused in 2012 of repeatedly raping a boy of St. Bernard's parish in the mid-1960s; the victim alleges that other boys were molested by Omarini too.
NJ

1964: Msgr. Charles B. Murphy, Revs. George A. Dillon, Pierce D. Byrne, Donald J. McConnell.

1967: Revs. George A. Dillon; Pierce D. Byrne; Frank D. Testa

Newark diocese

1964: St. Bernard's elementary school had 300 boys and 318 girls.

1967: St. Bernard's elementary school had 319 boys and 369 girls.

11/4/95   Died.       Unusually, Omarini's death was not listed in the Necrology section of the Directory, but it is recorded in a publication of his order and in Social Security records.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1936-1997); Mendham Memorial to Clergy Sex Victims Will Be Rebuilt, by Phil Garber, Observer-Tribune, April 18, 2013; Dr. Angelo Tomaso to Be Honored, Echoes-Sentinel, October 6, 1977; Church Dignitaries Aid at 100th Anniversary Mass, Westfield Leader, October 5, 1972; Agenda Paolina, 2013; Social Security Death Index, s.v. Contardo Omarini.

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