Fr. Joseph Maffei (Salesians) – Diocese of Newark

Father Joseph Maffei

Diocese of Newark

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1967      St. Dominic Savio Juniorate, St. Dominic Savio Retreat House, Camp Salesian for Boys (Cedar Lake, IN) 
  • 1968-1970      Sacred Heart Juniorate (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1970-1972      Eglise St. Domenico Savio (Montreal, Quebec/Canada
  • 1972-1978      Salesian High School (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 1978-1981      Sacred Heart Retreat House (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1981-1984      Our Lady of the Rosary (Port Chester, NY)
  • 1984-1989      St. Anthony (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • 1989-1994      Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine (West Haverstraw, NY
  • 1994-2000      Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Maffei:

Father Joseph Maffei was a native of Italy and came to the US in 1952. He was a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Province of St. Philip the Apostle. He worked in minor seminaries, retreat houses for youth, and parishes in various locations throughout his career. He died in 2009. 

According to media reports, Father Maffei was accused in a lawsuit filed in 2013 of having sexually abused a 12-year-old boy at the Marian Shrine in New Rochelle, New York, in 1978. The alleged abuse included explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct. He was assigned to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich, Massachusetts at the time. His accuser also said two other Salesian priests, Father Sean Rooney and Brother Alan Scheneman, abused him as well. The case was settled. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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