Fr. John S. Doyle – Diocese of Buffalo

Father John S. Doyle

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1929

Died: 1977

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Orchard Park, NY)
  • St. John de LaSalle (Niagara Falls, NY) 
  • Our Lady of Victory Church (Lackawanna, NY)
  • St. Patrick Church (Randolph, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John S. Doyle:

In 1949, Father John S. Doyle was appointed founding pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, which formerly was a mission of Our Lady of Victory Basilica. He remained there for 28 years guiding the parish in the construction of a church, rectory and school. He died in January 1977.

According to media reports, in 2018, a woman reported an allegation of sexual abuse against Father Doyle to the Diocese of Buffalo. She said he abused her in the 1960s, when she was a fifth-grade student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Orchard Park. She said she was disappointed with how her claim was handled.

“What a nightmare,” she said. “The whole thing is just a huge nightmare.”

Her claim was denied and she was excluded from the Diocese of Buffalo’s compensation program because she didn’t report the abuse years earlier. Father Doyle’s name was confidential until now because of the bishop’s policy of only revealing priests with more than one allegation.

“And now, I feel totally slapped in the face,” she said, holding back tears. “I think if they weren’t gonna follow through with this, then I think they should have not said anything at all. Because for me, it was reliving it. And it’s not fair…it’s not fair to all the people who got kicked out because it was only one person who said this priest did this.”

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