Media Advisory (re Worry and Brennan)

Two more clergy sex abuse cases to be filed against Benedictine monastery

Four men allege childhood sexual abuse by priests from Delbarton School/St. Mary’s Abbey


Several clergy sex abuse victims, their supporters and members of SNAP will gather to announce the filing of two new complaints of child molestation and cover up involving two more clerics at the prominent Delbarton School.


Tuesday, June 5th at 11:30AM


Front steps of the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown, New Jersey


An existing complaint, filed in March of 2012 against Delbarton School, Saint Mary’s Abbey and the Order of Saint Benedict, named Father Luke Travers and Father Justin Capato. The amended complaint, to be filed Tuesday, names two new clergy perpetrators, Father Timothy Brennan and Father Benedict Worry, and includes allegations from two additional men who claim they were victims of misconduct while students at Delbarton School.

Father Timothy Brennan plead guilty in 1987 to aggravated sexual contact with a 15-year-old Delbarton student. He no longer lives at the abbey.

Father Benedict Worry is the current pastor at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Linden, New Jersey. Worry was previously a chaplain at Rider University. Before joining Saint Mary’s Abbey, Worry was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary monastery in Reno, Nevada.

The amended complaint also refers to others at Saint Mary’s Abbey who had knowledge of misconduct by members of the Saint Mary’s monastic community. On Tuesday, one victim will assert that Father Giles Hayes and Father Elias Lorenzo were among those who knew of misconduct.


Delbarton School graduates Steve Badt, a resident of Washington DC, along with Bill and Tom Crane (on whose behalf the original complaint was filed in March) will attend the press conference. The fourth victim will not be present at the conference but a statement will be read on his behalf.

Attorney Greg Gianforcaro of Phillipsburg, New Jersey represents the four victims. (w) 908-859-2200, (c) 908-310-4624


Mark Crawford, Director, NJ SNAP, 732-632-7687,
Patrick Marker, Victims Advocate, 973-722-0719,