Fr. Gerald J. Royer

Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Transferred 8 times during first 8 years of priesthood. Leave of absences 11/55-2/56 and 4/60-7/61. Chaplain at St. Joseph Manor until 1964, then left active ministry the same year. Laicized in 2/65. Died 12/20/03. In 2009 a man in his 60s reported sexual abuse as a boy by Royer. In 5/16 an 81-yr-old man stated publicly that Royer sexually abused him in 1947, when the man was an 11-yr-old altar boy at Ss. Simon and Jude in West Bethlehem. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.

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