John Joseph Jenik

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John Joseph Jenik
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
Titular Bishop of Druas
ChurchCatholic Church
ArchdioceseNew York
AppointedJune 14, 2014
InstalledAugust 4, 2014
Other postsTitular 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 75)
Manhattan, New York
Styles of
John Joseph Jenik
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

John Joseph Jenik (born March 7, 1944) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church, who in 2014 was appointed as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. His service was suspended in 2018, pending review of an allegation of sexual abuse.


Jenik was born in Manhattan and was educated at Immaculate Conception School and Cathedral College High School. He studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie. Jenik was ordained a priest by Cardinal Terence Cooke on May 30, 1970.[1] He studied Spanish at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce and earned a master's degree in education from Fordham University. His pastoral assignments were all in The Bronx. They included parochial vicar at St. Jerome's parish from 1970 to 1974, St. Thomas Aquinas parish from 1974 to 1978 and Our Lady of Refuge parish from 1978 to 1985. He then served as pastor at Our Lady of Refuge from 1985.[2] Jenik was named a monsignor in 1995, and served as regional vicar for the Northeast Bronx from 2006 to 2014.

Jenik was named the Titular Bishop of Druas and Auxiliary Bishop of New York by Pope Francis on June 14, 2014. He was consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 4, 2014. New York auxiliary bishops Gerald Thomas Walsh and Dominick John Lagonegro were the co-consecrators.[1]

On October 31, 2018, Dolan announced that a "credible and substantiated" allegation was made against Jenik, for sexual abuse of a minor "decades ago". Jenik denied the allegation, but stepped down as pastor of Our Lady of Refuge and out of public ministry, awaiting review by the Vatican.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Bishop John Joseph Jenik". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
  2. ^ John Woods (2014-07-24). "Ordination of Three Auxiliary Bishops". Catholic New York. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
  3. ^ Timothy M. Dolan. "Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Dolan on Bishop Jenik". Archdiocese of New York. Retrieved 2018-10-31.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
Succeeded by