Fr. Richard J. Ford (Diocese of Allentown)

Father Richard J. Ford

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Ordained: 1960

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

1960-1961        St. Joseph (Ashland, PA)

1961-1963        St. Mary (St. Clair, PA)

1963-1966        St. Anthony of Padua (Easton, PA)

1966-1969        Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena (Allentown, PA)

1969-1972        St. Margaret (Reading, PA)

1972-1989        St. Columbkill (Boyertown, PA)

1989-1990        St. Ursula (Fountain Hill, PA)

1990            Not Listed in Official Catholic Directory

1991-1999        Holy Guardian Angels (Reading, PA)

1999-2005        St. Stephen of Hungary (Allentown, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Ford:

The Diocese of Allentown was sued by a victim of Fr. Richard Ford, who alleged that he was a 12-year-old who was struggling in school when Ford allegedly began showing an interest in him. One day in 1989, after serving mass, Ford brought the boy to his bedroom in the rectory at Holy Guardian Angels.  Ford told the boy to sit on a bed and began groping him, according to the lawsuit. While he tried to get away, Ford became very angry and yelled at the boy for trying to get away. Ford allegedly groped the boy more and tried to remove his pants, the lawsuit says. Later, an “enraged” Ford told the child not to tell anyone about the incident, saying the kid would go “straight to hell” if he did, the lawsuit says.

The man later enlisted in the U.S. Navy and reported the abuse to his counselor.  According to him, Naval officers twice tried to report the incident to the Diocese of Allentown in 2000, but never received a response.  After his discharge, the man made a third attempt to report it, and finally received a response from the Diocese of Allentown.

Ford was identified publicly in the list of accused priests published by the Diocese of Allentown, but no details as to the nature or extent of the allegation(s) were provided, except to say that Ford was deceased at the time it learned of the first allegation.

Ford is not identified or discussed in the 2018 grand jury investigation report.

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