Fr. Joseph Schuster – Diocese of Buffalo

Fr. Joseph Schuster

Diocese of Buffalo

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Ordained: 1966

Leave of Absence: 1991

Died: 2007

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1966-1967 St. Isadore (East Otto, NY)
  • 1967-1968 Holy Name of Jesus (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1968-1970 Diocesan Preparatory Seminary (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1970-1974 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Niagara Falls, NY)
  • 1974-1978 Catholic Worker House (Niagara Falls, NY)
  • 1983-1990 Catholic Worker House (Niagara Falls, NY)
  • 1991 Not indexed 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Schuster: 

Father Joseph Schuster was publicly accused outside a cathedral in Buffalo of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy back in 1968. The man stood outside on March 30th, 2018, on Good Friday and claimed that he was the first of many victims. He claimed to have met Schuster at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, where the priest often helped out. After an event, it got too dark for the boy to ride his bike home, and he alleged that Schuster pressed the boy to stay overnight in the rectory with him. He claimed that the priest also insisted they sleep in the same bed, which lead to Schuster molesting him. The boy said he told his mother about the abuse the very next day. The Diocese stated that Schuster was not on its updated list of accused clergy that March, because it only included priests with two or more allegations. In 1991, Joseph Schuster was granted a leave of absence. It is not known whether or not he has been officially laicized from the church, but he did end up marrying a man and adopting three sons. He died on July 23rd, 2007. 

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