Br. Regis Howitz

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Order: OFM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused along with Rev. Charles Newman of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the mid-1990s. Newman was principal of Archbishop Ryan High School and Howitz was a maintenance worker at the school. Newman allegedly plied the boy with drugs and alcohol. Allegations against both men were reportedly deemed credible by the Archdiocese and Franciscans. Ordered to live a life of prayer and penance. The boy died of a drug overdose at age 28 in 2006. Included on the Our Lady of Guadalupe Franciscans’ list of credibly accused as of 1/2024. (Howitz was a member of the Assumption Province.)

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