Catholic Priest

John J. Laferrera

Ordained: 1973

In 2009 a man told the archdiocese that he had been abused by Laferrera and Fr. T. Smith. Accusation dismissed as not credible. At least 11 other accusers came forward. Civil suit filed 3/11 by four; four others later joined. Pastor of Saint Philomena’s in Livingston when suit filed. Removed 7/11 when he took voluntary leave. Denied charges. Allowed to retire with benefits as of 6/6/12. Six plaintiffs settled 6/12 for $300K total and his privileges were removed. Claims of two more plaintiffs were to be mediated. On archdiocese’s list 2/13/19. It notes multiple alleged victims. Permanently removed from ministry.