Assignment History– Rev. Benedict P. Barszcz, S.A.C.

Summary of Case: A native of Poland, Benedict P. Barszcz was ordained in 1990 for the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallotines). By 1993 he was with the Order in North Tonawanda, NY, in the Diocese of Buffalo. Barszcz assisted at parishes in the Brooklyn diocese during 1994-1998; in October 1998 he was assigned to assist back in Buffalo, at St. Peter's in Lewiston.

On July 20, 1999 Barszcz was arrested and charged with public lewdness after he allegedly exposed himself to two girls, ages 14 and 15. He reportedly was sitting in a car masturbating in front of the girls, then drove away; the girls and their parents flagged down two detectives, who pulled the priest over. The diocese removed him from public ministry and he was returned to his Order in North Tonawanda.

Barszcz is last known to have been working in Poland in 2001, as a port chaplain in Szczecin.

Ordained: 1990


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1990 1993         Barszcz is not indexed in the 1991-1993 Directories.


Diocese of Buffalo

Bishop was Edward Dennis Head (1973-1995), followed by Henry Joseph Mansell (1995-2003).

1999 Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallotines) North Tonawanda NY   The Directories show Barszcz during 1994-1998 as at both the Pallotines' base in North Tonawada and at several parishes in Brooklyn, NY.


Diocese of Brooklyn

Bishop was Thomas Vos Daily (1990-2003).

1997 St. Mark Brooklyn NY


1994-1996: Msgr. Gerard J. Arella; Revs. John J. Schmidt; Benedict Barszcz, S.A.C. (Poland). Pastoral Assocs.: Sr. Gloria Lepere, O.P.; Deacons Mark Seliga; Richard Lee. In res., Rev. Joseph P. Quigley.

1996-1997: Msgr. Gerard J. Arella; Revs. Cyril J. Doody; Benedict Braszcz, S.A.C. (Poland) Pastoral Assocs.: Sr. Gloria Lepere, O.P.; Deacon Mark Seliga. In res,. Rev. Joseph P. Quigley.

St. Mark's had a school with 294-297 students, and a CCD program with 350-375 students.



1998 St. Frances de Chantal Brooklyn NY 5/5 Revs. Arthur D. Purcell; Jose George (India); Andriej Lukianiuk. In res., Revs. Michael J. Hunt, Pastor Emeritus; Benedict Barszcz, S.A.C. (Poland).

St. Frances de Chantal's had a CCD program with 320 students.


Oct. 1998

Diocese of Buffalo

Bishop was Henry Joseph Mansell (1995-2003).

July 1999 St. Peter's


Barszcz was arrested and charged with public lewdness on July 20, 1999 after he was accused of exposing himself to two girls, ages 14 and 15. He was reportedly sitting in a car and masturbating in front of the girls. He drove away and the girls and their families flagged down two detectives, who pulled the priest over.


This assignment is per news reports.

Barszcz is not indexed beyond the 1999 Directory.

Barszcz was removed from public ministry by the diocese and sent to the Pallotine Center in North Tonawanda.

July 1999           A Vatican publication called "Apostolatus Maris, The Church in the Maritime World" published in late 2001 shows Barszcz to have been new port chaplain for Szczecin, Poland.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, ).

Priest Accused of Lewdness is Reassigned, Buffalo News, July 22, 1999
 Diocese Reassigns Priest Facing Public Lewdness Charge, Buffalo News, July 23, 1999
 At least 19 Buffalo Priests Publicly Linked to Sex Allegations, Buffalo News, February 28, 2018
Apostolatus Maris, The Church in the Maritime World, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, No. 74, 2001/III, p.13

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This assignment record was last updated on May 8, 2018.


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