Fr. Joseph Meighan – Diocese of Scranton

Father Joseph Meighan – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Joseph Meighan

Ordained: 1968

Psych evaluation/treatment:  1970, 1990

Resigned ministry (temporary): 1990-1991

Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968            St. Ann (Shohola, PA)
  • 1968-1970        St. Boniface (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1970-1975        St. Matthew (East Stroudsburg, PA)
  • 1975-1976        Student, St. Meinrad’s Seminary (Indiana)
  • 1976-1981        St. Nicholas (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1981-1984        St. Martin of Tours (Jackson, PA)
  • 1984-1987        St. Boniface (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1987-1990        St. Therese (Shavertown, PA)
  • 1991-2001        Holy Family Residence (Scranton, PA)
  • 2001            Mercy Center Convent (Dallas, PA)
  • 2001-2002        St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home (Elmhurst, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Meighan:

In 1970, four boys were interviewed by Diocese of Scranton officials who reported that they were forced to disrobe by Father Joseph Meighan, who then fondled their genitals.  Meighan was ordered to report for a psych evaluation and suspended from his assignment at St. Boniface in Williamsport, less than two years after being ordained a priest.

In 1990, a mother interrupted Meighan forcing her 17 year old son to disrobe in the parlor of the St. Therese rectory.  Meighan was again suspended (forced to resign) and sent for a psych eval and treatment. After his release, he was assigned as chaplain in a nursing home.  The father of one of his victims protested the assignment because it was near where his son was molested. Meighan was immediately transferred to St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home.

According to the grand jury report, the Diocese of Scranton received additional reports of  abuse in 2003, 2007 and 2008.

Meighan is still alive and believed to be residing in the Dunmore, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 75 years old. While his faculties as a priest have been suspended, there is no evidence that he was removed from the priesthood (laicized).

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