Rev. Edmund W. Netter– Assignment History

Summary of Case: Edmund Netter was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, ordained in 1951. He assisted in Haverstraw, Yonkers and Manhattan parishes through the 1950s, with the exception of two years as an Army chaplain. In 1960 he was assigned to a Bronx parish, transferring in 1963 to Garnersville. There is an unexplained gap in his career trajectory 1967-1968. Netter was named pastor in of a Nanuet parish in 1968, a role he held for eighteen years. He served during 1986-1987 on the "Parish Mission Team" in Suffern, achieving 'monsignor' status the same year. For the following eleven years Netter lead a parish in Nyack. He died in April 1998.

Netter was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abused a girl from approximately 1973 to 1979, when the girl was nine to sixteen years-old. The abuse was said to have taken place weekly or bi-weekly in the rectory of St. Anthony's in Nanuet, and at a house during vacations with the girl's family when all but the two of them were at the beach.

November 4, 1925
Died: April 11, 1998


Start Stop Assignments Town/Allegations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was Francis Joseph Spellman (1939-1967).

1952 St. Peter's Haverstraw NY 2/3

St. Peter's had a grammar school with 109 boys, and a primary school with 124 boys and 169 girls.


1951 1952 Rehabilitation Hospital Haverstraw NY   This was a station of St. Peter's.
1952 1954 St. Eugene's Yonkers NY 2/2 St. Eugene's had a school with 117-153 boys and 96-134 girls.
1954 1956 U.S. Army     chaplain  
1956 1960 Our Saviour New York (Manhattan) NY 3/3, 3/4  
1960 1963 Our Lady of Mercy New York (Bronx) NY 5/6 Our Lady of Mercy had a school with 615-617 boys and 599-559 girls.
1963 1967 St. Gregory Barbarigo Garnersville NY 2/2 St. Gregory's had a school with 142-292 boys and 135-317 girls.


Terence James Cooke succeeded Spellman as New York archbishop (1968-1983).


Netter is not indexed in the 1968 Directory, nor is he listed in the New York pages as at his previous or next assignments.


John Joseph O'Connor replaced Cooke (1984-2000).

1986 St. Anthony's


Netter was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl from about 1973 to 1979, when the girl was ages 9 to 16. The abuse was said to have occurred weekly or bi-weekly at St. Anthony's rectory, and at a house during vacations with the girl's family while everyone else was at the beach.

NY 1/3, 1/2 St. Anthony's had a school with 693-557 students.
1986 1987 Sacred Heart Suffern NY 3/3

Parish Mission Team
Netter was elevated to Monsignor status in 1986.
1987 1998 St. Ann's Nyack NY 1/3, 1/2, 1/4

St. Ann's had a school with 206-75 students, and a CCD program with 184-195 students.

Netter died April 11, 1998.

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, 1987-1996).

Complaint, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, February 26, 2004

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