Retired priest facing sex abuse accusation

A retired priest has been removed from public ministry in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany following a sexual abuse allegation.

Rev. Gregory Weider, 84, has been serving as sacramental minister at Sacred Heart in Margaretville in Delaware County. He served in many parishes throughout the Capital Region over the years.

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger says Weider was removed effective Aug. 14 after an abuse claim was filed under the Child Victim’s Act.

Since becoming a priest in 1963, Weider has served at:

  • Blessed Sacrament, Mohawk
  • St. Anthony, Schenectady
  • St. Agnes, Cohoes
  • St. Thomas the Apostle, Delmar
  • St. Mary’s, Coxsackie
  • Holy Cross, Albany
  • Sacred Heart, Watervliet
  • Holy Trinity, Schaghticoke, which was the merger of St. John the Baptist and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Johnsonville, and St. Monica, Valley Falls

He also served as diocesan chaplain for scouting, assistant national chaplain for scouting, chaplain at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, and chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam.

Weider retired from full-time ministry in 2010.