Update: OCA Priest Defrocked

Author: Staff
Date Published: 08/07/2011
Publication: Pokrov.org
Archpriest Neal James Carrigan
Archpriest Neal James Carrigan

Archpriest Neal James Carrigan was deposed from the priesthood by the synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) on May 3, 2011. No reason was given for this action.

Carrigan was arrested on July 2, 2008, and charged with 2 counts of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age and 2 counts of corruption of minors. He was suspended from the priesthood shortly thereafter, on July 10, 2008. The priest was granted retirement on September 1, 2008, with his suspension still in effect.

On November 10, 2009, Carrigan pleaded nolo contendre (no contest) to 2 counts of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age and 1 count of corruption of minors. The other count of corruption of minors was withdrawn by the prosecution. The priest was sentenced to 5 years of probation, and is required to register as a sex offender.

At the time of his suspension, Carrigan was attached to Christ the Saviour Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This parish belongs to the OCA’s Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania.

In addition to Christ the Saviour, Carrigan also served in the following OCA parishes:

Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Claremont NH
Diocese of New England
1976-1977

St. Thomas the Apostle Church
St. Louis MO
Romanian Episcopate
1977-1982

Holy Trinity Church
Stroudsburg PA
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania
1986-2002

Holy Apostles Mission
Mechanicsburg PA
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania
2004-2005