Father Joseph A. Griffin – Diocese of Scranton

Father Joseph Griffin

Diocese of Scranton

Joseph Griffin Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1927

Retired: 1976

Died: 1988

Assigned as follows:

  • 1927: St. Matthew (East Stroudsburg, PA)
  • 1927-1928: St. Andrew (Blossburg, PA)
  • 1928-1929: Annunciation (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1929-1932: Absent for Studies: Catholic University
  • 1932-1938: Marywood College (Scranton, PA)
  • 1938-1944: St. Joseph Children & Maternity Hosp. (Scranton, PA)
  • 1944-1951: St. Catherine (Moscow, PA)
  • 1951-1952: St. Basil (Dushore, PA)
  • 1952-1967: Ss. Peter & Paul (Towanda, PA)
  • 1967-1974: St. Mary (Avoca, PA)
  • 1974-1976: Marian Convent (Scranton, PA)
  • 1979-1980:  Retired
  • 1980: St. Catherine (Moscow, PA); Blessed Sacrament (Hughestown, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Joseph Griffin:

Fr. Joseph Griffin was ordained a priest in 1927 who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in 2009, the Diocese received information that a 42-year-old man was sexually abused by Father Joseph Griffin in 1967. The man was 9 years old.  Griffin took him and other boys to Seneca Lake, New York, and to a summer cottage on Lake Henry in the Poconos. He reported that Griffin made him share a bed and that is when the inappropriate touching occurred.  He contacted the Diocese again in 2011.

Griffin died in 1988 as a priest in good standing of the Diocese of Scranton.

He was first named publicly in the 2018 PA Grand Jury Report.

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