Rev. Anthony G. Stredny

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Basic Background Information

Birth:                   Oct 15, 1928 
Place:                   Miner's Mills, Pennsylvania

School:                St. Mary's High School (1946) Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Seminary:          Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ

                                Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, NY

Ordination:       June 15, 1957

Dioceses:            Nashville (1957-1968)

                                Galveston-Houston (1969-1993)

Assignments:       NASH: Six

                                GAL: 11 in 11 counties

Removed:              1993   
Death:                    Nov. 26 2018 

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Information on Clergy Disclosure List from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Diocesan Disclosure List

 

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (ADGH) included Rev. Anthony G. Stredny on its Clergy Disclosure list released on January 31, 2019. The information is sparse. Digging into his time of active ministry in Houston (1968-1993) reveals a very strange tenure as a diocesan priest. 

Stredny had 11 parish assignments, in 11 different counties in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. We know from the limited information given by the ADGH that he was ordained in 1957, removed from ministry in 1993 and died in 2018. What it doesn't tell us is that he was a transfer from the Diocese of Nashville after being ordained in Pennsylvania. He was ordained in 1957 and spent 10 years in Tennessee in the Diocese of Nashville. This was not the typical assignment history of a diocesan priest: he was in six parishes over the 10 years he was there before being transferred to Houston in 1969. A clear sign of a problem. 

And sure enough, he was also included in the Diocese of Nashville's list of priests accused of abusing minors. So Houston allowed a known predator from Nashville to come in and have access to more vulnerable minors. 

Rev. Stredny's Formation 

Stredny was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to an immigrant father, John Strednyi, from Hlinné, in what is now Slovakia. At the time of his immigration in 1917, he used the Hungarian spelling of Hlinné: Agyagospatak. Historical records show the changing geo-political times with his place of birth listed as Austria (1917) Hungary (1920), and Czecho-Slovakia (1930). The 1917 Naturalization Records for Stredny's father shows he had renounced allegiance to Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary. 

John Stredny dropped the i in his name at immigration and married the daughter of immigrants - also listed from Austria, Austria-Hungary, Czecho-Slovakia. They were in a coal mining town of Miner's Mill, PA in Luzerne County. 

There were eight children in the family, Rev. Anthony was third from last. The family had its share of hardships. On February 11, 1932, John Stredny Sr. was charged with Drunk Driving and Involuntary Manslaughter for killing a man named Lincoln Oliver with his truck, but was found not guilty June 9, 1932. So there were definitely issues at home.  

 

An older brother was killed in a mining accident when he was 24 years old crushed to death when the roof caved in. And in 1963, another brother died of Polio. 

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In Commemoration of our Twentieth Anniversary 1940 -1960: Diocesan Guild Studios of Scranton. Diocesan book of classes and priests' pictures.

Stredny's Pastoral Formation 

Since we know he was credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor, we can infer meaning from Stredny's history. It seems that his pastoral formation started out bumpy because he attended two seminaries: Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ and Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, NY. Many times, problem priests were problem seminarians and the dioceses dealt with them the same as they did priests -- they were transferred to a different seminary. This could have been the reason Stredny was transferred during his time in seminary. 

Rev. Stredny graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Dallas Township, Pennsylvania in 1946 and attended two universities: the local Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and transferred to Seton Hall in South Orange, NJ (although he seems curiously absent from all yearbooks at Seton Hall 1947 - 1952).

 

And then began his sojourn through the two seminaries, two dioceses, 17 parish assignments across Tennessee and Texas.

The Diocesan Guild Studios of Scranton published a yearbook in 1960 showing all the priests ordained in the diocese, "Commemoration of our Twentieth Anniversary 1940 -1960: Diocesan Guild Studios of Scranton. Diocesan book of classes and priests' pictures." Stredny is in the photo from that book titled, "Class of 1957" showing all the men ordained in the diocese that June 1957.

 

The interesting thing is that his home diocese of Scranton was the sponsor for his seminary education but then after his ordination in June 1957, he was assigned to the Diocese of Nashville. 

We know he was a diocesan priest, but why they would pay for his education at two seminaries and then assign him to another diocese is a red flag that he had already been trouble. And of course, the poor, unsuspecting Catholics in Nashville were subjected to his predation as evidenced by his inclusion in the Diocese of Nashville list discussed above. 

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St. Mary's High School Yearbook 1946

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The Tribune, Scranton, Pennsylvania , June 13, 1957

Stredny in Galveston-Houston

Below are Stredny's assignments during his years of active ministry. His transfer from Nashville to Galveston-Houston in 1969 was obviously after he had sexually abused a minor there since he is named on their list. 

He shared a common trait with other publicly named priests who were credibly accused (Rev. Robert Barzyk and Rev. Ivan Turic): he owned several homes. Stredny actually owned 15 different home from 1971-2010 across four different counties.   

The Bishops Knew

Assignments and Properties of Rev. Anthony G. Stredny

Year
Parish/Event
County
1928 Oct 15
Born: Miner's Mills, PA
Luzerne
1946
St. Mary's HS, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Luzerne
1947
Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Luzerne
1950
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Essex
1951
Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ
Bergen
1957 June 13
Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, NY
Cattaraugus
1957 June 15
Ordained Diocese of Scranton
Luzerne
1957 June 16
First Mass celebrated at home parish: Gate of Heaven Church, PA
Luzerne
1957
Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Memphis, TN (Diocese of Nashville)
Shelby
1958
Holy Ghost, Knoxville, TN (Diocese of Nashville)
Knox
1959-1960
Holy Rosary, Memphis, TN (Diocese of Nashville)
Shelby
1961
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga, TN (Diocese of Nashville)
Hamilton
1962-1967
Blessed Sacrament, Harriman, TN (Diocese of Nashville)
Roane
1968
Blessed Sacrament, Memphis, TN (Diocese of Nashville)
Shelby
1968
Transferred to Diocese of Galveston-Houston
11 Counties
1969
St. Mary's, Texas City
Galveston
1970
St. Mary's Star of the Sea, Freeport
Brazoria
1971
St. Charles Borremeo, Houston
Harris
1971
Bought 2 lots & house on Lake Houston for $10,000 (equivalent to $70,287 in 2022).
Harris
1972
St. Mary's, La Porte
Harris
1973-1974
St Joseph Catholic Church, Brazoria
Brazoria
1975
1975 Sells home on Lake Houston - Apr 17, 1975 - Placed ad in newspaper, "Split Level, on two lots, furnished. Beaumont Newspaper, says call, St. Mary's, Rev. Stredny."
Harris
1975-1977
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Plantersville
Grimes
1976 December
Bought 70 acres on Lake Houston for $20K - "Happy-Hide-A-Way," Crosby
Harris
1977 August
Bought house on Lake Conroe for $12,000 (deed says he lived in Grimes Co)
Montgomery
1978-1982
St. Matthias, Magnolia
Montgomery
1980 March 25
Bought house on Lake Conroe
Montgomery
1983
Sacred Heart, Crosby
Harris
1984-1985
St. Mary Church, Cleveland
Liberty
1986-1991
St. Joseph, New Waverly & Sacred Heart Station in Point Blank
Walker & San Jacinto
1988 Feb 12
Bought house on Lake Conroe
Montgomery
1990 May 14
Sold House at 12 Clearwater, Lake Conroe
Montgomery
1991 May 1
Bought house Blueberry Hill, Lake Conroe
Montgomery
1992-1993
Guardian Angel Church, Wallis
Austin
1993
Removed from Active Ministry
1994
DGH Directory lists him as on Medical Leave
1995
DGH Directory lists him as Retired. Actually living at 207 N Wilmot, Tucson, AZ
Pima
July 1995
Bought house on Lake Conroe: 3 Waterview, Montgomery, Texas
Montgomery
1996
DGH Directory lists him as on Medical Leave & living at St. Mary's Seminary, 9845 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas despite his home ownership in Huntsville
Walker
1996 May
Bought lot and house: 814 and 246 Lakeland Rd., Huntsville, TX (sold November 1998)
Walker
1997
DGH Directory lists him as Retired, mail c/o Chancery
1998
DGH Directory lists him as Retired, mail c/o Chancery
1998 Feb
Bought house on Lake Conroe. (Sold November 1999)
Montgomery
1999
DGH Directory lists him as Retired, mail c/o Chancery
1999 Feb
Bought house at 5226 Park View Dr, Willis, TX Bought Feb 1999 for $50,000. Sold April 2002 for $93,955
Montgomery
2000
DGH Directory lists him as Retired, mail c/o Chancery
2001
DGH Directory lists him as Retired, mail c/o Chancery
2002
DGH Directory lists him as Retired, mail c/o Chancery
2002 July
Bought house at 14802 Lighthouse Dr, Corpus Christi, TX. Bought 2002 for $66,500. Sold 2003 for $108,145
Nueces
2003 - 2018
No longer listed in Diocesan directory
2003 Aug
Purchase of home at 11623 Alcott Dr., Montgomery Bought 2003 for $61,280. Sold 2010 for $88,000
Montgomery
2003 - 2018
Priest Retirement Home 2407 Holcombe Blvd., Houston
Harris
2018 Nov 16
Died, Houston, Texas
Harris