Official Notice
Concerning Edward J. Shoback

Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton
July 17, 2009

The Holy See has notified the Diocese of Scranton that Edward J. Shoback has been dismissed from the clerical state. This action was taken in response to a finding of sexual misconduct involving minors.

Dismissal from the clerical state means that Edward J. Shoback is no longer an incardinated cleric of the Diocese of Scranton. He may no longer function as a priest anywhere. He may not hold any parochial or administrative office in the Church. He may not teach Theology in a Catholic institution.

Edward J. Shoback functioned as a priest of the Diocese of Scranton from 1967 to 2004, during which time he served in the following assignments: Assistant Pastor of St. Ann Parish, Shohola; Assistant Pastor of St. Stephen Parish, Plymouth; Assistant Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Ashley; Assistant Pastor of St. Aloysius Parish, Wilkes-Barre; Pastor of St. John Nepomucene, Luzerne; Pastor of Transfiguration Parish, West Hazleton; Pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Scranton. He also served as Director of Religious Education at Bishop O'Reilly High School, Kingston, and was assigned to residence in St. Therese Parish, Wilkes-Barre.

Anyone who wishes to make a report of sexual abuse of a minor may call the Chancellor at 570-207-2216 or the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 570-344-5216.

James B. Earley


July 17, 2009


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