Fr. Martin Satchell – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Martin Satchell

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Martin Satchell Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1993

Inpatient Evaluation: 1993

Leave of absence: 1993-2003

Resigned all ministry: 2003

Laicized (removed from priesthood): 2004

Settlement of civil lawsuit: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1993 St. Raymond of Penafort (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1993-2003 Leave of Absence

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Martin J. Satchell:

In September 1993, only a few months after Father Martin Satchell was ordained a priest, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received information that he sexually abused a 17 year old student at Lansdale Catholic High School.  At the time, Satchell was already apparently in counseling but he was also ordered to undergo a full evaluation at Villa St. John Vianney, a notorious pedophile priest treatment facility in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Satchell remained on a leave of absence for exactly 10 years, at which point he wrote to Cardinal Justin Rigali asking to petition for laicization (removal from the priesthood by the Vatican).  As a result, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board opened a formal investigation of the 1993 claim. Ultimately, it determined that the allegation was credible and recommended to Cardinal Rigali that he support the laicization petition.  Satchell was laicized in September 2004.

In 2015, the Archdiocese quietly settled a lawsuit filed by Satchell’s 1993 victim.  

Satchell is still alive and believed to be residing in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.  He is 52 years old.

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