Fr. John F. Meyers – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John F. Meyers

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1983

Suspended: 2018

Found unsuitable for ministry: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Saint Michael Parish, Philadelphia (1983-1984)
  • Saint Joseph Parish, Aston (1984-1985)
  • Saint Gabriel Parish, Norwood (1985-1988)
  • Archbishop Prendergast High School, Drexel Hill (1988)
  • Saint John Bosco Parish, Hatboro (1988-1990)
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia (1990-1992)
  • Saint Mark Parish, Bristol (1992-1993)
  • Saint Philomena Parish, Lansdowne (1993-1997)
  • Saint Dominic Parish, Philadelphia (1997-1999)
  • Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Chester (1999-2000)
  • Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry for Bucks County (2000-2005)
  • Saint Mark Parish, Bristol (2003)
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Philadelphia (2005-2011)
  • Saint Martin of Tours Parish, Philadelphia (2011-2017)
  • Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Ambler (2017)
  • Malvern Retreat House (2017-2018)
  • placed on administrative leave and priestly faculties restricted (2018)
  • found unsuitable for ministry (2019)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John F. Meyers:

Father John F. Meyers was removed from his position at the Malvern Retreat house in 2018 following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor child.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has provided the public with very little information about the allegation, except to say that the misconduct allegedly occurred in the early 1980s.  His exact assignment, and additional details such as the age/gender of the victim, have not been provided.

In January 2019, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that its internal review board had completed its investigation into the allegations and determined that the allegation was “credible and substantiated.”  Therefore, in accordance with its internal policies, Meyers should be permanently removed from ministry and his faculties revoked.

Meyers was last assigned to the Malvern Retreat House, where other accused priests have also been working in recent years.

Whether Meyers plans to petition for laicization (removal from the priesthood) or accept a canonical plea deal from the Archdiocese to live a life of “supervised prayer and penance” at Villa St. Joseph is unknown.

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