Assignment Record– Rev. Richard F. Gorman

Summary of Case: Richard Gorman was ordained for the Archdiocese of New York in 1982. His first assignment was as an assistant at St. Barnabas in the Bronx. From there he spent three years at Stepinac High School in White Plains before joining the faculty of Spellman High in the Bronx where, from 1997 on, he was in residence. From 1997 to 2004 Gorman was Associate Director of the Department of Social Research for Catholic Charities, after which he is noted in the Official Catholic Directory to have been retired for several years. In the early 2000s he earned a law degree. Gorman served as a judge for the archdiocese's Metropolitan Tribunal and, from 2010 to 2016, he was the Prison Apostolate director. Gorman was known for his community activism; for over twenty years he was chairman of Community Board 12 in the Bronx.

In mid-2015 a man reported to law enforcement and to the archdiocese that Gorman had sexually abused him when he was a 13-year-old St. Barnabas parishioner. The man said Gorman took him to a church facility in Westchester County, where the abuse took place. The investigations reportedly yielded several additional alleged victims and witnesses. Gorman denied the accusations, which the archdiocese deemed "credible but not yet substantiated." He was placed on leave in January 2016. A laicization process was pending when Gorman died January 23, 2018.    

: November 6, 1982
Died: January 23, 2018


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983), followed by Joh Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1987 St. Barnabas'

New York (Bronx)

Gorman was accused in mid-2015 of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while assigned to St. Barnabas the 1980s. He allegedly abused the boy after transporting him to a Westchester County church facility. Investigations by law enforcement and the church reportedly yielded more alleged victims and witnesses, including at least one other and possibly a third victim from St. Barnabas.

NY 4/4, 3/3

St. Barnabas' had a school with 1, 273 students, and a high school for girls with 750 students.






Gorman denied the abuse.

1982 January 2016 Community Board 12 Bronx NY longtime Chair  
1987 1990 Archbishop Stepinac High School White Plains NY   Stepinac High had 710-521 students, all male.


O'Connor was succeeded by Edward Michael Egan (2000-2009).

January 2016 Cardinal Spellman High School New York (Bronx) NY In residence 1997-2016. Spellman High had 1,800-1,400 students.
1997 2005 Catholic Charites New York NY Associate Director, Department of Social Research 1997-2004.

Noted to be retired 2004-2007.
2002   St. John's University School of Law     student  


Timothy Michael Dolan replaced Egan as New York archbishop (2009-).

2009 Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal New York NY Judges  
2010 January 2016 Archdiocesan Prison Apostolate New York NY Director and Contact Person "Rev. Richard F. Gorman, Esq."
January 2016   Leave of Absence      

Gorman was placed on leave in January 2016 due to "credible" but not yet "substantiated" allegations that he had sexually abused minors 30 years previously.

A laicization process was pending when Gorman died January 23, 2018, at age 63.   

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.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1983-2016).

'Father Rich' celebrates 25 years with God and community, By Dan Gesslein, New York Daily News, October 30, 2007
Fr. Gorman Abuse Allegations Statement, Archdiocese of New York, January 21, 2016
 Bronx Priest Active in Local Politics Suspended in Abuse Case, By Brendan O'Connor, Gawker, January 21, 2016
 Longtime Priest in the Bronx Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Ben Kochman, New York Daily News, January 21, 2016
Bronx Reverend Removed after Sex Abuse Allegations Surface, CBS News, January 22, 2016
 Bronx Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Male Youths, By Joseph Pelletier, Church Militant, January 22, 2016
Bronx Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse in Westchester, By Matt Spillane, Journal News, January 22, 2016
 Bronx Priest Accused of Abuse Resigns from Lehman PAC Board, By Eddie Small, DNAinfo, January 25, 2016
 Activist Priest Denies Abuse Allegations, By Shant Shahrigian, Riverdale Press, January 28, 2016 
Banished Priest Fr. Richard Gorman Dead at 63, Bronx Chronicle, January 27, 2021 

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This assignment record was last updated on June 27, 2021.


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