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Message from Fr. Doug regarding former Pastor

An article appeared in the August 1, 2018 issue of My Central Jersey,, concerning a woman who was sexually abused by Fr Mark Dolak, former Pastor of St. Matthias. According to the article, the abuse primarily took place at the Cathedral rectory in Metuchen, but St Matthias is also mentioned in the article.

I honestly was never told any of this when I succeeded him as Pastor. At that time, the Bishop said to me there were no problems that I needed to be aware of. It was not until later that the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office tried to get information from me about an alleged accusation of which I knew nothing. At that time, I referred the prosecutor to the Bishop’s Office. Until this day nothing official has ever been told to me concerning anything taking place at St Matthias.

I ask you to please keep the victims and their families in our prayer.

Peace and Prayer,
Fr. Doug.