The Numerous Parishes Where Buffalo Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Served

By Mike McAndrew
Buffalo News
March 1, 2018

The Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits, who admitted Tuesday he had sexual contact with "probably dozens" of teenage boys, was assigned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to work in numerous parishes between 1965 and 2003, when Orsolits was removed from active priestly duties.

Orsolits was accused Tuesday by Michael F. Whalen, a South Buffalo man, of sexually abusing Whalen when he was about 14 years old in 1979 or 1980. Whalen said he was a student at St. John Vianney parish school in Orchard Park at the time, and Orsolits was a priest there.

Orsolits said Tuesday he does not remember Whalen's name, but did not deny having sexual contact with him.

Here's where Orsolits worked, according to the diocese's Catholic Directory:

1965: Became a priest

1966: St. Joseph's Church, Bliss

1967: All Saints Church, Buffalo

1968: St. John the Evangelist Church, Buffalo

1969-70: St. John Kanty Church, Buffalo

1971-73: St. John Gaulbert Church, Cheektowaga

1974: Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Cheektowaga

1975-76: St. James Church, Depew

1977: St. John Gualbert Church, Cheektowaga

1978: St. James Church, Buffalo

1979: St. James Church, Buffalo (on leave)

1980-81: St. John Vianney, Orchard Park

1982-83: St. Mary of Angels Church, Olean

1984-88: Sacred Heart Church, Portville

1989: Diocese of Buffalo headquarters, Buffalo

1990-2003: Chaplain at Buffalo General Hospital

After 2003, Orsolits was no longer allowed to say Mass or perform other priestly duties. But he said Tuesday he remains a priest.








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