Father William Moloney
Father Bill Moloney
Priest. Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario. Ordained 1983.
09 July 2017: announcement that following an internal investigation Father Moloney will return to Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Peterborough, Ontario as Pastor
05 December 2016: Announcement that no charges to be laid following OPP investigation
November 2016: placed on administrative leave while OPP investigate allegations of sexual misconduct which are said to have transpired at Camp Northern Lights. According to media reports, the camp, which was founded in the 1970s by the Knights of Columbus, is for children aged nine to 13. According to a Church bulletin:
“This Camp provides a wilderness experience for children from Peterborough, Lindsay, Port Hope and Cobourg area. It also provides excellent leadership experience for high school students from the same locales as volunteer counselors. ” (Father Moloney – Camp Northern Lights )
Father Moloney faced charges of assault with a weapon in the late 90s for repeatedly hitting a high-school hockey player with a hockey stick . Moloney entered a not guilty plea to the charges. The charges were later withdrawn. (scroll down to 1998 timeline)
Information on Camp Northern Lights
Bishops of Peterborough Diocese from time of Father Bill Moloney’s ordination: James Leonard Doyle (24 May 1976 – 28 December 2002 ); Nicola de Angelis, C.F.I.C. (28 December 2002 – 08 April 2014); William Terrence McGrattan (08 Apr2014 – )
23 June 2013: Penny drive raises $1,416 for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
01 November 2012: Priests in Movember challenge
16 November 2010: School first in Canada to raise $1M for Terry Fox
Unless otherwise indicated the following information is drawn from annual copies of the Canadian Catholic Directory (CCCD) which I happen to have on hand, and media (M)
03 December 2016: announcement that OPP investigation has concluded and charges will not be laid (M) Internal diocesan investigation now under way
2o16: Pastor, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough, Ontario (Father Peter Seabrooke in residence) (CCCD)
November 2016: Spiritual Leader for School Board, also assists at St, Peter Catholic Secondary School Masses (Father Moloney-Spiritual Leader for Board)
31 January 2016: page from Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church Bulletin (Father Moloney-thank you)
A Thank you
The parish of Assumption collected a total of $740.00 for Camp Northern Lights. The campers, counsellors, staff and board of directors thank you for your generosity. If you were not able to donate you can mail your donation toFr. Bill Moloney386 Rogers St.Peterborough, ONK9H 1W7
All cheques should be made payable to Camp Northern Lights. If you have any questions, please call Fr. Bill at 705 742 5466.
Once again thank you for your support. Please keep the camp in your prayers.
P.S. The camp is also looking for new members for the Board of Directors as well as some volunteers for computer work.
January 2016: Notice in St. Martin of Tour bulletin re special collection for Camp Northern Lights, and for further info contact the Camp Director Father Bill Moloney. (Father Moloney – Camp Northern Lights )
2015: Pastor, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough, Ontario
2015: Listed as Parish Priest for Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary (Father Moloney –Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary)
– involved in preparation for diocesan Sacramental preparation pilot program for the Peterborough Diocese (Father Bill Moloney-Sacramental Preparation Pilot Program)
– listed in CCCD as Pastor, St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough, Ontario (with Deacons G. Murray and R. Blake and Father Clair Hickson) (CCCD) (the 2015 CCCD information must have been submitted before Father Moloney was appointed to Immaculate Conception effective 01 September 2014)
Opening of school year 2014: concelebrates Mass with “Father Peter” and Father Jerry Tavares at Holy Cross Secondary School, Peterborough, Ontario (Father Bill Moloney concelebrates)
01 September 2014: Pastor, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough, Ontario ( Father Moloney-to Immaculate Conception)
2009-2014: Pastor at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough, Ontario (Father Moloney-History of St. Anne’s)
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011: Pastor, St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough, Ontario (with Deacons G. Murray and R. Blake) (CCCD)
March 2014: St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church bulletin: (Father Moloney thank you)
CAMP NORTHERN LIGHTS UPDATE
The staff, campers and counselors from Camp Northern Lights thank you for your generosity. The recent collection for the camp brought in $638.00. The camp is also looking for new members of the Baord of Directors as well as some volunteers for computer work. Please call Father Bill Moloney at 705-745-3229, should you have any questions.
February 2014: listed as Parish Priest for St. Anne Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough, Ontario (Father Moloney-St Annes Elementary)
weekend of 18 February 2012: filling in for Father Andres Ayala at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Coburg,while Father Ayala fills in for Father Sanyatson Seshaiah at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Port Hope, Ontario. (Father Moloney in Coburg )
25 October 2011: turned the sod and blessed the site for new addition to St. Anne Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough, Ontario (Father Moloney to turn sod)
29 June 2011: Appointed spiritual adviser for the Catholic school board (Father Moloney appointed spiritual adviser)
22 June 2011: Officiated at St. Peter’s Cemetery Memorial Mass (Father Moloney-Cathedral bulletin)
29 May 2011: Picture of Father Bill Moloney says prayer in dunk tank at St. Anne’s Fun Fair
2010: Pastor, St. Anne Roman Catholic Church. Peterborough, Ontario (CCCD)
2006: Pastor. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Bracebridge, Ontario (scroll down to article by Fr. Bill Moloney in 28 Dec. 2006 Catholic Register, “Jesus revealed through the kindness of strangers”)
2004: St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Bracebridge, Ontario ( the Catholic Diocese of Peterborough Ontario June-2004
2003: St. John the Baptist, Peterborough (Peterborough Diocese clergy 2003 WayBackMachine)
2002: assisting at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough, Ontario (Pastor, Father Luis Lapinid)
2000: assisting at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough, Ontario (Pastor, Msgr. John Wannamaker)
1999, 1998, 1997: assisting at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Newcastle, Ontario (Pastor Father Randy Foster)
15 September 1998: Math teacher and coach at St. Stephen’s Secondary School
“Priest `whacked’ boy, court hears” (Ottawa Citizen, 15 September 1998)
A 407-pound priest cornered a high school hockey player in a shower and repeatedly “whacked” him with a stick after the boy whipped his buttocks with a towel, court heard yesterday. The teen testified that Rev. William Moloney telephoned him that night in October 1997 and asked if he’d be forgiven for the incident. Rev. Moloney — then a math teacher and coach of the St. Stephen’s Secondary School hockey team — has pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon. The boy, now 18, told Judge Hugh Campbell he “snapped” a rolled-up towel at Rev. Moloney’s behind as he picked up jerseys from the dressing-room floor. Then Moloney picked up a hockey stick and came towards the boy. The boy said Moloney swung the stick and “whacked” him with the butt end 15 to 20 times on the shoulder, back, side of his chest and leg. He said the blows caused welts and bruises and aggravated a previous hip injury.
Father Moloney was acquitted. A number of the complainants team mates testified at trial. As I understand it the acquittal centred around conflicting testimony as to whether the boy was hit on the left or right side. Father Moloney’s legal fees were picked up by the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario.
1996, 1995, 1994: assisting at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Newcastle, Ontario (Pastor Father Vincent Valles)
06 November 1996: teaching (?) at St. Stephen’s High School ( Father Moloney-invited friend from Mexico to speak at school)
invited Mike MacDonald, a friend and aid worker from Mexico, to speak to two religion classes at St. Stephen’s High School (I think that’s in Bowmanville?)
1993, 1992, 1991: assisting at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Newcastle, Ontario (Pastor Father Richard Walsh) (CCCD)
1985: assisting at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Cobourg, Ontario (Pastor, Father Peter Seabrooke)
sent by Bishop Doyle to the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto (scroll down to article by Fr. Bill Moloney in 28 Dec. 2006 Catholic Register, “Jesus revealed through the kindness of strangers”)
Peterborough priest Rev. Bill Moloney placed on administrative leave over sexual misconduct allegations
The Peterborough Examiner
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 1:14:41 EST AM
Rev. Bill Moloney. Peterborough Examiner file photo
A Peterborough Catholic priest is under police investigation for sexual misconduct that allegedly took place in the 1980s, at the summer camp where he was the long-time director.
Rev. Bill Moloney has been put on leave from his job as priest at Immaculate Conception Church on Rogers St. in East City.
He’s also stepped down from the directorship of Camp Northern Lights in Haliburton, a camp for kids aged nine to 13 that was founded in the 1970s by the Knights of Columbus.
Moloney is also known as the chaplain at three schools: St. Peter’s Secondary School, and Immaculate Conception and Monsignor O’Donoghue elementary schools.
Deirdre Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough, said Moloney has been put on administrative leave.
“The church takes allegations seriously – and is following policy,” she said.
The congregation at Immaculate Conception Church heard about the police investigation from the bishop this weekend.
Bishop William McGrattan conducted the services, in Moloney’s sudden absence.
McGrattan told churchgoers about the allegations, which he said purportedly stem back to camp in the 1980s.
But the allegations weren’t new to insiders at the Catholic diocese.
Thomas said that five years ago, a third party came to the diocese with accusations against Moloney.
Yet the alleged victim didn’t want to speak to police or to the worker who would have investigated for the church, Thomas said.
Now that alleged victim has spoked to the OPP, said Thomas, and the diocese is cooperating fully with the police investigation.
In the meantime, another priest has taken on duties at Immaculate Conception Church: Rev. Peter Seabrooke is in charge.
At Camp Northern Lights, Jim Gibson has taken over Moloney’s job as director and chairman of the board of directors.
Although he didn’t want to comment, Gibson released this statement:
“The board of directors of Camp Northern Lights is aware of an allegation of sexual misconduct currently under investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police against Fr. Bill Moloney, chairman/director for Camp Northern Lights.
In support of the camp – and not to distract from its mission – Fr. Moloney has stepped aside from his role as chairman and camp director and will take a leave as per camp policy, pending the outcome of the investigation. The board is not prepared to comment further during this time of investigation and is cooperating fully with the Ontario Provincial Police.”
Peterborough priest accused of sexual misconduct
Father Bill Moloney placed on administrative leave as OPP investigate allegations of sexual misconduct at Camp Northern Lights
08 November 2016
Father Bill Moloney
A photo of Father Bill Moloney taken in front of his former St. Anne’s Parish in Peterborough in 2012. Father Moloney is being investigated for sexual misconduct involving a boy at Camp Northern Lights in Haliburton.
Peterborough This Week
PETERBOROUGH — A Peterborough priest is under investigation for sexual misconduct.
Deirdre Thomas, spokesperson for the Diocese of Peterborough, says Father Bill Moloney was recently placed on administrative leave after learning of an investigation by the OPP. Moloney was removed from his post at Immaculate Conception in Peterborough while the investigation takes place.
The priest is accused of sexual misconduct involving a boy at Camp Northern Lights. The camp, located 15 minutes outside of Haliburton, is for children between the ages of nine and 13, of which Moloney was co-camp director.
Jim Gibson, with the camp, says Moloney stepped aside pending the outcome of the investigation.
On Tuesday, the camp’s board of directors issued a statement, saying “The Board of Directors for Camp Northern Lights is aware of an allegation of sexual misconduct currently under investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police against Fr. Bill Moloney, Chairmen/Director for Camp Northern Lights.
“In support of the Camp and not to distract from its mission, Fr. Moloney has stepped aside from his role as Board Chairmen and Camp Director and will take a leave as per camp policy pending the outcome of the investigation. The board is not prepared to comment further during this time of investigation and is cooperating fully with the Ontario Provincial Police.”
Thomas says the allegations first surfaced five years ago when a person approached the diocese with information about the alleged misconduct. She says at the time the alleged victim did not want to come forward.
Recently, the diocese was informed that person had spoken with OPP and she says the diocese is now fully co-operating with police.
About five years ago Moloney also began serving as board chaplain for the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington District School Board. He stepped down from that role in June.
Bishop William McGrattan informed parishioners at Immaculate Conception of the allegations on Sunday.
Michael Nasello, director of education for the Catholic board, says Moloney was serving as priest for three schools in Peterborough — St. Peter’s Secondary School, Immaculate Conception and Monsignor O’Donoghue Elementary School. Principals and staff were informed of the allegations, Nasello says. So far, he says police have not contacted the school board about the allegations.
Moloney also worked as the parish priest of St. Anne’s Church for several years.
Jesus revealed through the kindness of strangers
The Catholic Register
18 December 2916
By Fr. Bill Moloney, Catholic Register Special
In 1985, Bishop James Doyle sent me to the faculty of education of the University of Toronto where I had a wide range of facilitators and assignments. My psychology professor, Dr. Kong, provided a challenging assignment that proved spiritually fulfilling and blessed my Christmas experience that year.
The assignment was to do something I had always wanted to do, but had also feared. Instantly I realized my topic. Prior to teachers’ college, I had been stationed with Fr. Peter Seabrooke at St. Michael’s parish in Cobourg, Ont. Being in such close proximity to Hwy. 401, we had many transients dropping by for handouts. Often they would show up at inopportune and busy times. We would give them a meal ticket and send them on their way. Fr. Peter and I would often wonder if the transients experienced Jesus in such situations, and what it would feel like to be in their shoes on the other side of the door ringing the bell. Now was my opportunity. When I headed home for the Christmas holiday I would visit a number of Catholic rectories as a transient in need of support.
I was filled with excitement. Yet another chance to encounter Jesus. When the big day arrived, I headed home dressed for the part. My attire was an old ripped pair of track pants, a dirty t-shirt, a filthy toque and an old barn coat straight from the farm. I had not showered for five days and had doused myself with an ounce or two of beer. Sarcastically, my mom shared that this role was not too far a stretch.
I parked around the corner from the first rectory around 10 a.m. and headed to the door. I rang the doorbell and waited. The secretary answered. I told her I was heading home for Christmas to be with my family. I said I hadn’t eaten for awhile and asked for food. Everything I said was true. I had been driving home for 45 minutes and breakfast had been an hour-and-a-half ago.
The secretary asked me to wait outside and closed the door. After a few minutes a retired priest came to the door. I told him my story. He said the parish had a policy not to give out money. He would, however, prepare some food for me. I was invited into the rectory and asked to take a seat in the waiting area.
While waiting I could clearly see the secretary through the office window. She was typing. During my wait she never looked up once, nor spoke to me. Above her on the wall was a picture of Jesus knocking on the garden wall. I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I was wearing my clerics.
Eventually the elder priest returned with two peanut butter sandwiches, a piece of cake and a banana. As he opened the door, he pulled out his wallet and handed me a two-dollar bill for a coffee. He wished me a safe journey and said he would pray for me. Driving away, I felt a little guilty. However, the food tasted good.
At the second parish, the door opened and the secretary stopped short when she saw me. I asked to speak to the “Father.” In reply, she literally looked me up and down and said in a firm voice, “May I help you?” It was immediately obvious that I would not be speaking to a priest in that parish. I told her my story. She said they did not give handouts. The parish did however, support a men’s hostel downtown, and she quickly gave me directions. The lady was extremely business-like and I decided to push my luck. I said I was new in town and didn’t know my way around. I asked if she would please write down the address and give it to me. As I walked away, she called out and wished me a sincere Merry Christmas.
It was lunchtime when I arrived at the third parish and knowing that people don’t like to be disturbed during meals, I decided to be more aggressive. When the secretary answered the door, I asked to speak to the “Father.” We went back and forth like this four or five times. Finally, she went to get a priest. The pastor soon arrived, still chewing some of his lunch. I related my story. Without hesitation he said, “No problem, just go around to the back porch.” The back porch turned out to be a summer kitchen with a couch, table and chairs. I stood there, toque in hand, until the housekeeper came out. The term does not do this woman justice. She looked like a typical grandmother.
Grandma welcomed me and asked me to be seated. She asked me my name. She was the first to ask that question all day. I said my name was Bill. She said, “Bill, now that’s a fine name. I understand you are heading home for Christmas to be with your family. Isn’t that marvellous. Everyone should be with their family for Christmas. Now you wait here and I’ll bring you something to eat. You just sit and relax.”
Needless to say, the lump was growing in my throat. I sat quietly feeling guilty. Meanwhile both the secretary and caretaker went through the summer kitchen. Neither spoke. Within 10 minutes, Grandma returned carrying a tray. There was a huge steaming cup of coffee, two toasted sausage sandwiches and some Christmas desserts. The lump was growing. The tears were welling. Grandma told me to take my time and enjoy my meal and went back inside. The tears started to flow. I had to leave, I thought, but that would be a waste of good food. I wolfed down my meal. It was delicious. Grandma had outdone herself. As I was about to leave, Grandma returned and put her hand on my shoulder. She was the first to touch me all day. She spoke. “Bill, I said it is important to be with family at Christmas. It’s also important to receive a present at Christmas.” She reached into her apron and pulled out a gift-wrapped package and an envelope with my name written by a shaky hand. Grandma told me this was my Christmas present. She made me promise I would not open the present or card till Christmas Day. By now the tears were flowing freely. Grandma said I could stay as long as I wanted; if I needed a nap, I could sleep on the couch. When I declined, Grandma wished me a Merry Christmas. She went inside and I left as quickly as I could. I truly felt I’d experienced the love of Christ through Grandma.
The door was opened at the fourth parish by, yet again, the secretary. Once again I related my story. Her expression was one of panic. She informed me the priest wasn’t home, that this was only her second day of employment, and that she did not know the parish policy. She wanted to do something, and knew that she should, but didn’t know what. She was working herself into a tizzy. I told her it was all right, that I would get help somewhere else and said good-bye.
The fifth and final parish did not have a doorbell. I knocked and knocked on the glass door, but there was no response. I tried the door and found it unlocked. I stepped inside and found myself in a vestibule. I could hear a voice inside the inner door. I knocked and there was no answer. I could still hear the voice, so I decided to knock loudly. I banged on the door and a priest answered. I told him my story. He said “no problem” and asked if I could wait while he finished a telephone conversation. The door closed and I stood patiently in the vestibule, hearing his muffled voice through the wall. Five minutes later I heard him say good-bye, hang up the phone and walk down the hall. I presumed he was going to the kitchen. After 20 minutes he was still not back, so I assumed he had to be preparing a feast. I felt badly about the effort to which Father was going, so I decided I would tell him who I really was and explain what I was doing. I knocked. No answer. I knocked again. No answer. Finally I hammered on the door. I heard a loud bang and someone running toward me. The priest swung open the door. His hair was disheveled and his shirttail was pulled out. I introduced myself as a priest from Peterborough diocese doing an assignment for teacher’s college. I explained this was the fifth and final Catholic church I had visited dressed as a transient and looking for a handout. He said he was glad I had knocked because he had forgotten about me and fallen asleep. He invited me into the rectory so we could discuss my experiences. Our conversation was fantastic as we dissected how Jesus had been revealed through those I’d met, their words and their actions. Finally, he told me that the Advent theme for the parish was looking for signs of Jesus. He said I was his sign of Jesus.
Christmas was a week away. It was difficult to wait. I felt just like a young child anticipating opening presents. When the day arrived, the first present I opened was… Grandma’s; a pair of home-knit socks. In the card there was a simple Nativity scene, a Christmas blessing and a wrinkled two-dollar bill. Again the tears began to flow. My Christmas experience was blessed indeed that year because people had performed simple acts of Christian charity in the name of Jesus.
How does Jesus want to touch others this Christmas through you? Are you looking for signs of Jesus?
(Moloney is pastor of St. Joseph’s parish in Bracebridge, Ont.)