Father Herbert D’Argenio
Father Herbert D’Argenio was ordained in 1959 in the Archdiocese of New York. He worked at parishes in Newburgh, Larchmont and the Bronx. Fr. D’Argenio worked at St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus in the Bronx from approximately 1959 to 1976 where he developed the Teen Folk Group. Fr. D’Argenio also influenced young men to consider the priesthood. These young men, some who are now priests, were and still are known as, “Herbie’s boys.”
On October 25, 2017, Fr. Herbert D’Argenio’s name was publicly disclosed for the first time as having sexually abused a boy at St. Theresa’s in the Bronx.
Fr. D’Argenio worked at the following locations:
1959-1960: St. Thomas of Canterbury, Newburgh, NY
1960-1976: St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus, Bronx, NY
1977: Personnel Board, Archdiocese of New York, New York, NY
1978-1979: Spiritual Development Office, Larchmont, NY
1980-1982: Regina Coeli, Larchmont, NY
1983: Department of Education, New York, NY
1984-1987: Personnel Board, Archdiocese of New York, New York, NY
1988-1989: St. Lucy Church, Bronx, NY
1990-1994: Bronx, NY (no parish listed in the Official Catholic Directory)
1995-1996: St. Lucy Church, Bronx, NY
Fr. D’Argenio allegedly died in approximately 1996.
Source: Church of St. Theresa Bulletin, 8/10/14; https://sttheresachurchbronx.org/parish-history; and the Official Catholic Directory.