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John Joseph Jenik

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John Joseph Jenik
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New York
Titular Bishop of Druas
ChurchCatholic Church
ArchdioceseNew York
AppointedJune 14, 2014
InstalledAugust 4, 2014
RetiredOctober 10, 2019
Other post(s)Titular Bishop of Druas
OrdinationMay 30, 1970
by Terence Cooke
ConsecrationAugust 4, 2014
by Timothy M. Dolan, Gerald Thomas Walsh, and Dominick John Lagonegro
Personal details
Born (1944-03-07) March 7, 1944 (age 80)
MottoDefend the poor and needy
Styles of
John Joseph Jenik
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

John Joseph Jenik (born March 7, 1944) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York from 2014 to 2018. His ministerial privileges were suspended in October 2018, pending Vatican investigation of a sexual abuse allegation.

On October 10, 2019, Pope Francis accepted Jenik's resignation, a normal practice when a bishop reaches his 75th birthday.


Early life[edit]

John Jenik was born on March 1, 1944, in Manhattan. He was educated at Immaculate Conception School in Manhattan and Cathedral College High School in Queens, New York. He studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York.


St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, New York

Jenik was ordained into the priesthood for the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal Terence Cooke on May 30, 1970.[1] He studied Spanish at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and earned a Master of Education degree from Fordham University in New York City His pastoral assignments were all parishes in the Bronx. They included:

Jenik was named a monsignor by the Vatican in 1995, and served as regional vicar for the Northeast Bronx from 2006.[3]

Auxiliary Bishop of New York[edit]

Jenik was named the titular bishop of Druas and an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York by Pope Francis on June 14, 2014. He was consecrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan on August 4, 2014. Auxiliary Bishops Gerald Walsh and Dominick Lagonegro were the co-consecrators.[1] While auxiliary bishop, Jenik continued as pastor at Our Lady of Refuge Parish and the vicar for the Northeast Bronx.[4]

Fordham Preparatory School, Bronx, New York City

In 2016, a New York man, Michael J. Meenan filed a sexual abuse accusation against Jenik with Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. Meenan claimed that in 1984 Jenik, then a teacher at the school, sexually abused him at age 15 at a sleepover. Fordham found the accusation credible and negotiated a settlement with Meenan. Jenik denied the accusations and remained in his ministerial posts. In January 2018, Meenan filed the same complaint with the archdiocese. He was interviewed by the Lay Review Board later that year, which also decided that the allegation was "credible and substantiated" On October 31, 2018, Archbishop Dolan announced that Jenik was stepping down as pastor of Our Lady of Refuge and from his other public ministerial functions, awaiting review by the Vatican.[2][5]


On October 10, 2019, Pope Francis accepted Jenik's resignation as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, which he submitted as required when he turned 75. His investigation by the Vatican was still ongoing at that time.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bishop John Joseph Jenik". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
  2. ^ a b Timothy M. Dolan. "Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Dolan on Bishop Jenik". Archdiocese of New York. Archived from the original on 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  3. ^ John Woods (2014-07-24). "Ordination of Three Auxiliary Bishops". Catholic New York. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
  4. ^ White, Christopher (October 31, 2018). "New York auxiliary bishop accused of sexual abuse". Crux. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Otterman, Sharon (2018-10-31). "New York Bishop Is Accused of Sexual Abuse". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  6. ^ "Pope Accepts Resignation of Bronx Bishop Accused of Abuse". NBC New York. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.

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