Father John F. Bowe – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John F. Bowe

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John Bowe

Ordained: 1973

Placed on leave: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1977 Saint Agnes (West Chester, PA)
  • 1977-1982 Saint Bridget (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1982 John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
  • 1982-1987 Blessed Virgin Mary (Darby, PA)
  • 1983-2004 Military Chaplain, Pennsylvania National Guard
  • 1987-1989 Holy Martyrs (Oreland, PA)
  • 1989-2005 Saint Agnes (Sellersville, PA)
  • 2005-2011 Saint Joseph (Warrington, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Fr. John F. Bowe:

Father John F. Bowe was one of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese in 2011 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.  The suspensions came after the publication of the second grand jury report, which identified more than 30 priests in active ministry with allegations of sexual misconduct in their past.

No information was released as to the nature and details of the allegation(s) against Bowe.

According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, he was later found “unsuitable for ministry” in 2012 due to a violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.  No additional information about those violations was provided to the public, except for a general statement that priests removed for that reason generally had “boundary issues with children.” According to media reports, “Church officials have declined to release details on specific accusations but say boundary issues can include inappropriate talk or contact, sharing alcohol or pornography with minors or other conduct that may be construed as “grooming” a victim.”

Bowe is no longer in active ministry but his current affiliation with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, if any, is unknown.

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