Fr. Francis G. Kulig – Diocese of Scranton

Father Francis Kulig – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Francis Kulig    Fr. Francis Kulig

Ordained: 1974

Resigned (temporary): 1987

Removed from ministry: 2002

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974        St. Matthew (East Stroudsburg, PA)
  • 1974-1979    Immaculate Conception (Scranton, PA)
  • 1979-1985    St. John the Evangelist (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1985-1986    Nativity BVM (Tunkhannock, PA)
  • 1986-1987    St. Mary of the Lake (Lake Winola, PA)
  • 1987-2001    Mercy Center Convent (Dallas, PA)
  • 2001-2002    Holy Family Residence (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Kulig:

In late 1986, a father wrote to the Diocese of Scranton to report that his son was molested by Father Francis Kulig from 1979-1985, starting with the boy was 12 years old.  The family attended St. John the Evangelist parish in Wilkes-Barre. The abuse only ended when Kulig was transferred to Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock. Kulig admitted to the allegation when confronted by the Chancery, but minimized the extent of the abuse (e.g., he admitted to masturbating the boy but denied oral sex and sodomy with the child).  Kulig was sent to inpatient treatment in early 1987 for six months. Following his discharge, he was assigned as chaplain to Mercy Center Convent, an assignment we note other credibly accused priests held following allegations of abuse.

Upon learning that Kulig was still in ministry, the family repeatedly wrote to the Diocese of Scranton to express frustration and fear that Kulig was still in ministry.  He continued in ministry until shortly after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, in June 2002.

Kulig died in 2015.  There is no evidence that Kulig was ever removed from the priesthood (laicized) before his death at the age of 66.

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