Fr. Joseph A. Zmijewski (Diocese of Allentown)

Father Joseph A. Zmijewski

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Ordained: 1936

Died: 1968

Assigned as follows:

  • 1938-1942        St. Ladisalus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1942-1961        Chaplain, Bernadine Sisters (Reading, PA)
  • 1961            Defender of the Bond
  • 1961-1964        St. Mary (Reading, PA)
  • 1964-1967        Diocesan Liturgical Commission
  • 1967            Diocesan Promoter of Justice

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Zmijewski:

In 2004, an adult woman reported that she had been seeing Father Joseph Zmijewski for counseling in approximately ninth grade (1950) because she was having trouble adjusting to her new school.  Zmijewski, who was also a registered psychologist, was recommended to her by another priest for counseling.  Zmijewski recommended a course of hypnosis to be administered at his residence, where she could be more comfortable.  According to the victim, the first three tries to hypnotize her were not successful and she was frustrated when he insisted she continue coming to see him. The fourth time, she pretended she was hypnotized to get it over with.  Thinking she was hypnotized, Zmijewski directed her to undress.  She was terrified and complied, ultimately standing in front him nude. He left the room for a short period of time and then returned, telling her to get dressed.  She never returned to him for counseling.

Because the incident occurred before the Diocese of Allentown was formed in 1961, it was referred to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for investigation.

Zmijewski died in 1968.

 

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