June 9, 2024 at 9:36 a.m.

Deceased priest added to List of Credibly Accused

Father J. Gregory Mulhall served in the Diocese from 1940-85.


After an investigation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany announced today that it will add the late Rev. J. Gregory Mulhall to its List of Credibly Accused, citing reasonable cause related to an allegation of sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult. The survivor in this case came forward with a formal complaint in 2023, sharing details needed for an investigation. After the recent completion of the investigation, the Review Board recommended to Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger that there was sufficient evidence to support the allegation as credible. Bishop Scharfenberger has accepted the recommendation. Sadly, the survivor passed away before the investigation concluded. (The List of Credibly Accused can be found at https://www.rcda.org/crediblyaccused)

Mulhall retired in 1985. He died on November 14, 2001. He was Ordained in May of 1937, and assigned to St. Peter’s in Stillwater. By September of 1937, he was sent to assist the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, assigned to St. John the Evangelist in Lambertville, New Jersey. He served there from 1937-1940. He returned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in 1940, serving at St. Vincent de Paul in Albany between 1940 – 1961, and Annunciation in Ilion from 1961-1985. Fr. Mulhall also served for 17 years at Vincentian Institute in Albany as both teacher and principal.

Three other allegations of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult were filed with the Victims Assistance Coordinator against Mulhall. None of those victims/survivors filled out formal complaint statements, nor did they want to follow through with the Review Board process. There are four Child Victim’s Act (CVA) cases filed naming Mulhall as the alleged abuser.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany urges anyone who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest or deacon to report the matter to a law enforcement agency or to the Diocese. To report an incident of abuse or to seek help, contact the Diocese’s Assistance Coordinator Noelle Marie at (518) 453-6646 or via email at [email protected].



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