Fr. Joseph Rappl – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Joseph Rappl

Diocese of Buffalo

Joseph Rappl Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1978

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1978-1982 St. Peter’s (Lewiston, NY)
  • 1982-1985 St. Catherine of Siena (West Seneca, NY)
  • 1985-1989 St. Mary’s (Holley, NY) 
  • 1985-1989 St. Rocco (Hulberton, NY)
  • 1989-1990 Not indexed
  • 1990-1999 Military Chaplain 
  • 1999-2018 Counselor at a diocesan youth camp (Buffalo, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Rappl: 

In March of 2018, a 48-year-old man filed a complaint with the Diocese of Buffalo, accusing Father Joseph Rappl of sexually abusing him in 1981. The victim said that he was an altar boy at St. Peter’s in Lewiston when the abuse occurred, starting when he was just 11-years-old. The man also claimed that he had asked Father Rappl to hear his confession and the abuse would occur afterward. After he had made his allegations against the Diocese and Rappl, they released an updated list of credibly accused priests and Joseph Rappl’s name was not included. He is currently living in North Carolina, where he has married and performed sacraments as a “Roman Catholic priest” who was “no longer in the clerical state.” He is also continuously volunteering at a youth camp for the Buffalo Diocese. 

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