Father Joseph Flannery – Diocese of Scranton

Father Joseph Flannery – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Joseph Flannery

Ordained: 1953

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1953-1959        St. John (Honesdale, PA)
  • 1959-1963        St. John (Pittston, PA)
  • 1963            Holy Savior (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1963-1966        Ascension (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1966-1967        Sacred Heart (Jermyn, PA)
  • 1967-1970        St. Jude (Mountain Top, PA)
  • 1970-1980        St. Francis of Assisi (Mildred, PA)
  • 1980-1985        St. Patrick (Nicholson, PA)
  • 1985-2000        Immaculate Conception (Taylor, PA)
  • 2000            Named Pastor Emeritus of Immaculate Conception

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Flannery:

In 1964, 1965, and 1966, the Diocese of Scranton received letters from parishioners about Joseph Flannery’s conduct with women in the parish (saying he was having “affairs” with them), going on vacation with a woman, and, shockingly, impregnating a young girl in the parish.  The letters came from multiple people, including the mother of the young girl, and another clergyman.

Nothing in the file reviewed by the grand jury suggests that the Diocese of Scranton ever questioned Flannery about the allegations or otherwise investigated the complaints.

Flannery died in 2005.  Nothing suggests that his ministry was restricted or that he had otherwise been punished for the allegations.  As far as we can tell, he died a priest in good standing.

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