Assignment Record – Rev. Stephen M. Garrity, s.j.

Summary of Case: Stephen M. Garrity was ordained a priest of the Jesuits' Maryland Province in 1970. He was assigned to high schools in Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD and Scranton PA. He served also as the Province's vocations director, as director and rector of a Faulkner MD retreat house and as a college chaplain and parish pastor in Durham NC. Garrity was placed on leave in 2007 after admitting to having had "inappropriate sexual contact" with five young adults, ages 18-23, during his time in Baltimore and Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2012 he was accused of having molested a male high school student in in the 1970s in Philadelphia. Garrity was last known to have been living in a Jesuit community in PA. He died in 2014. 

Ordained: 1970
Died: 2014


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Washington DC archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973).

1971 Gonzaga College High School Washington DC   Gonzaga College High had 540 students, all boys.


Philadelphia archbishop was John Joseph Krol (1961-1988).

1979 St. Joseph's Prep.


Garrity was accused in late 2012 of having engaged in "inappropriate sexual touching" of a St. Joe's student during the 1970s. The allegation was deemed credible; Garrity was not prosecuted because the statute of limitations had run out.

PA sociology teacher; chaplain 1975-1978 St. Joseph's Prep. had 945-851 students, all boys.
1978 1982 Loyola Center at St. Joseph's University Philadelphia PA vocations director for the province  


Baltimore archbishop was William Donald Borders (1974-1989).

1985 Loyola High School Baltimore MD provincial staff Loyola High had 875-854 students, all boys.


Scranton bishop was James Clifford Timlin (1984-2003).

1991 Scranton Preparatory School Scranton PA rector Scranton Prep. had 783-738 students, boys and girls.


Washington DC archbishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1980-2000), followed by Theodore Edgar McCarrick (2000-2006).

2001 Loyola on the Potomoc Retreat House Faulkner MD associate director 1991-1997; superior and director 1997-2001  


Raleigh bishop was Francis Joseph Gossman (1975-2006).

2004 North Carolina Central University Durham NC chaplain  


Gossman was succeeded by Michael Francis Burbidge (2006-).

2007 Holy Cross Durham NC 1/1

Holy Cross had a religious education program with 104-100 students.

Garrity was removed from Holy Cross in April 2007 after admitting to having had "inappropriate sexual contact" with five young adults, ages 18-23, during his time in Baltimore and Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s. He was sent to a residential treatment facility on the East Coast.


Baltimore archbishop was Edwin Frederick O'Brien (2007-2011).

2008 Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Provincial Curia

Baltimore MD    


Allentown bishop was Edward Peter Cullen (1997-2009), followed by John Oliver Barres (2009-).

2011 Jesuit Center - Jesuit Community Wernersville PA  

Garrity is not indexed beyond the 2011 Directory.

Garrity died in 2014.



Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1971-2011)

Priest Relieved from Duty, He Broke Vow of Celibacy Years Ago, By John Murawski, News & Observer [Durham NC],
April 29, 2007
Jesuits Recall Durham Priest Amid Accusations of Sexual Misconduct, WRAL, April 28, 2007
Pastor's Removal Stuns Flock, By Yonat Shimron, News & Observer, April 30, 2007
Durham Priest Receives Counseling, By Yonat Shimron, News & Observer [Durham NC], June 8, 2007
Jesuits Seek Information on Contact by St. Joe's Prep Teacher in 1970s, By Martha Woodall, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 9, 2013
Maryland Province of S.J. Reports Allegation, Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, January 9, 2013
Maryland Province Jesuits List, December 17, 2018


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This assignment record was last updated on June 25, 2021.