Fr. Michael K. Madden – Diocese of Burlington

Father Michael K. Madden 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 1988

Died: 2000

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1974      Cathedral (Burlington, VT)
  • 1974-1976      St. John the Evangelist (St. Johnsbury, VT)
  • 1976                Fordham University (Bronx, NY,)
  • 1976                Our Lady of Grace (Colchester, VT) 
  • 1976-1977       Church of the Blessed Sacrament (Stowe, VT) 
  • 1977-1985       Our Lady of Snows (Waitsfield, VT)
  • 1985-1988       St. Paul (Barton, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael K. Madden:

Father Michael K. Madden served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 18 years. According to media reports, Bishop John A. Marshall revoked his public priestly faculties in April 1988. He resigned as pastor of St. Paul’s in July 1988. 

Police at the time believed Father Madden had molested dozens of boys in the early 1970s at the St. Joseph’s Orphanage and at five parishes where he served as priest.

“He had many, many sexual relationships with boys,” said the now-retired police officer who investigated the Barton case for the Orleans County State’s Attorney Office.

Father Madden was convicted in 1989 on two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with two boys in Barton. He was spared prison with a deferred sentence of probation for five years. He received treatment from a church-run sex offender program, St. Luke Institute in Maryland, instead of a state Corrections Department treatment program. 

It was in therapy that Father Madden told a therapist he had molested dozens of teenage boys over a 20-year period. He ended up violating his probation at least six times, and served two years in prison. 

In a 1994 civil trial, Father Madden was ordered to pay one victim $175,000. In September 2000, he died while vacationing in Austria. In 2003, a second lawsuit was filed. 

In August 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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