Fr. William Joseph – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William Joseph

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. William Joseph Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Inpatient evaluation: 1998

Retired (voluntarily): 1998

Permanently restricted: 2005

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966-1971 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Doylestown, PA)
  • 1968-1969 Asst. Director, Regional CYO
  • 1968-1971 Regional Director, Office of Vocations
  • 1971-1976 St. John of the Cross (Roslyn, PA)
  • 1972-1973 Archbishop Wood Boys High School (Warminster, PA)
  • 1976-1980 St. Martha (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1985 St. Cecilia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1985-1990 St. Alice (Upper Darby, PA)
  • 1990-1996 St. George (Glenolden, PA)
  • 1996-1998 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Bensalem, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Joseph:

Father William T. Joseph was identified in the 2005 grand jury investigation into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  According to the grand jury report, in 1998, Joseph was accused of sexually abusing a fifth-grade boy at St. Martha in Philadelphia.  The abuse occurred in the late 1970s when the boy worked in the parish rectory. Joseph was removed from his position at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and sent to St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, for evaluation.  SJV is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

On June 19, 1998, he officially resigned his position at St. Elizabeth and was allowed to retire voluntarily a week later.  He retained limited faculties to minister.

In 2004, in lieu of a canonical trial that could result in his laicization (removal from the priesthood), Joseph accepted a voluntary resignation of his remaining faculties and agreed to a “supervised life of prayer and penance.”  

He resided at Villa St. Joseph retirement home with other accused priests living “supervised lives of prayer and penance” until his death in 2013.  

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