Mahar: Father Hillary Mahar

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Priest Diocese of Saint George, Newfoundland.  Ordained 1976.  Charged 1992.  GUILTY plea.  Two year sentence.  I have been told he is out of the priesthood and also that he was seen working at a Zellers store in Southern New Brunswick.    Does anyone know what community and parish he was serving in in the North West Territories when he was charged in 1992?


Bishops of Saint George’s, Newfoundland from the time of Father Hillary Mahar’s ordination:  Richard Thomas McGrath (1 June 1970 – 17 June 1985) ; Raymond John Lahey 0(5 Jul 1986 – 05 Apr 2003 Appointed, Bishop of Antigonish, Nova Scotia);


 Unless otherwise indicated, the following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Directories (CCCD) of that date

July 2016According to AP is in Amherst, Nova Scotia

According to MG Walsh Hillary Mahar has been out of the priesthood for 15-20 years.  MG last saw Mahar peddling Zellers credit cards in a Zellers store in Southern New Brunswick

Served in Channel-Port Aux Basques and Codroy Valley at the same time as Father Kevin Bennett

1999, 1998:  not listed (CCCD)

1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992:  “On leave” (CCCD)

1985-86, 1991: Pastor, Sacred Heart,  Conche, Newfoundland (CCCD)

1964-68?:  Is this the same Hillary Mahar?  St Augustine’s Central High School, Plum Point, Newfoundland


Ex-priest gets 2 years

The Gazette. Montreal, Que.: Mar 18, 1993

STEPHENVILLE, Nfld. – A former Roman Catholic priest in western Newfoundland was sentenced yesterday to two years for sexually assaulting a girl.

Hillary Mahar, 44, had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault and indecent assault. The crime occurred in the early 1980s while he was parish priest in the Stephenville area.

Mahar was sentenced to 17 months in jail for the sexual assault and seven months for indecent assault. The sentences are to run consecutively.


August 10, 1992  19.05 EDT

Canadian Press


A Roman Catholic priest was charged Monday with six counts of sexual assault on an underaged girl during the early 1980s.

Rev. Hillary Maher, 42, pleaded not guilty in provincial court and elected trial by judge and jury.

He will be back in court Dec. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

Maher is accused of assaulting the girl — who was between 14 and 16 — between 1981 and 1984 while he was parish priest in Stephenville.

He now is priest at a parish in the Northwest Territories.

5 Responses to Mahar: Father Hillary Mahar

  1. MG Walsh says:

    Hilary Maher is out of the priesthood; has been for 15-20 years. He worked in Channel-Port Aux Basques and Codroy Valley at the same time as Kevin Bennett. Last I saw him he was when he worked for Zellers, peddling their credit cards to store visitors. in Southern New Brunswick.

  2. AP says:

    He’s in Amherst, NS

  3. Claralynn Lee says:

    Where abouts now..

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