Fr. John Madaj – Diocese of Scranton

Father John A. Madaj – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. John Madaj

Ordained: 1939

Died: 1998

Assigned as follows:

  • 1939-1944        Nativity (Plymouth, PA)
  • 1944-1946        St. Mary (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1946            St. Hedwig (Kingston, PA)
  • 1946-1950        St. Adalbert (Glen Lyon, PA)
  • 1950-1955        St. Joseph (Morris Run, PA)
  • 1955-1970        Sacred Heart (Forest City, PA)
  • 1970-1984        Transfiguration (West Hazleton, PA)
  • 1984-1985        St. Mary of Czestochowa (Eynon, PA)
  • 1985-1989        Ss. Peter and Paul (Scranton, PA)
  • 1989-1998        Pastor Emeritus, Ss. Peter and Paul (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John A. Madaj:

In late 1952, the pastor of St. Joseph received two anonymous letters stating that Father John Madaj was having an affair with the author’s housekeeper.  Nothing in the file reviewed by the grand jury indicated any action was taken in response to the letters.

In 1990, the parents of a 19 year old young man wrote to the Diocese of Scranton to report that that their son was molested by Madaj when the boy was 9 or 10 years old.  Madaj denied the allegation. As a result, then-Bishop James Timlin took no action except to tell the parents to bring their son to a therapist and arrange a meeting with Madaj to discuss the allegation with him directly.

Madaj died a priest in good standing with an active assignment in 1998.

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