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June 22, 2006


The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the request of Craig F. Brugger to be removed from the clerical state was granted. In response to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct involving a minor, Craig Brugger was removed from active ministry in 2002. Subsequently, he sought removal from the clerical state.

Craig Brugger functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1973 to March 2002, during which time he served in the following parishes/schools: Saint Ann, Phoenixville, Saint James High School for Boys, Bishop McDevitt High School, Kennedy-Kenrick High School, Saint Helena, Philadelphia, Assumption B.V.M, West Grove, Resurrection of Our Lord, Chester, Saint Thomas More, Pottstown, and served as Associate Director of the Regional CYO. While in the education apostolate Craig Brugger lived at the following parishes: Resurrection of Our Lord, Chester, Saint Mary Magdalen, Media, Our Lady of Charity, Brookhaven, Saint Joseph, Aston, Saint John Chrysostom, Wallingford, and Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Philadelphia.

Removal from the clerical state means that in accord with canon law Craig F. Brugger is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia encourages anyone who wishes to make a report of sexual abuse of a minor to contact the Victim Assistance Program at 1-888-800-8780.

Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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