Father Joseph P. Gallagher
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Leave of Absence: 1974, 1987, 2002-2005
Left ministry: 1974, 1986
Inpatient Treatment: 1987, 1987, 1996-1997
Suspended from ministry: 2002
Permanently restricted: 2005
Assigned as follows:
- 1973-1974 St. Monica (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1974 Leave of Absence
- 1974 St. Joseph (Aston, PA)
- 1974-1980 Left Active Ministry
- 1980-1985 St. Aloysius (Pottstown, PA)
- 1985-1986 St. Matthias (Bala Cynwyd, PA)
- 1986 Assumption B.V.M. (Feasterville, PA)
- 1986-1987 Left Active Ministry
- 1987 Leave of Absence
- 1987-1996 St. Agnes (West Chester, PA)
- 1996-1997 Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1997-2001 St. Madeline (Ridley Park, PA)
- 2001-2002 Chaplain, Holy Redeemer Health Systems
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph P. Gallagher:
Father Joseph P. Gallagher was first publicly identified in the 2005 grand jury report. According to the catalog of allegations attached to the report, in 1974, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received information that Gallagher was molested (or had recently molested) a 12 year old boy at St. Monica parish. He was removed from ministry and sent for an inpatient evaluation at an undisclosed location. He was then reassigned to St. Joseph in Aston later that year.
No additional action was taken against Gallagher until early 2002, when the depth of the public scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston was becoming regular national news. In March and April 2002, Cardinal Justin Rigali suddenly suspended several accused priests from active ministry, including Gallagher. In 2004, Gallagher agreed to surrender his remaining priestly faculties and accept a life of “supervised prayer and penance,” rather than defend himself in a canonical trial to remove him from the priesthood (involuntary laicization).
Gallagher now resides at Villa St. Joseph retirement home with other priests living “supervised lives of prayer and penance.” The level of his supervision and his typical daily activities are unknown. He is 71 years old.
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