Msgr. Joseph Gambino – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor Joseph Gambino

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1903

Died: 1975

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Cross (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. Anthony (Lime Rock, NY) 
  • St. Joseph (Leroy, NY)
  • Mount Carmel Parish (Buffalo, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Joseph Gambino:

Monsignor Joseph Gambino was from Turin, Italy. He arrived in the Diocese of Buffalo in 1907. He was the pastor of Holy Cross for 54 years. He retired in 1968 and died in 1975. 

In August 2019, Monsignor Gambino was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act. The suit alleges that he repeatedly molested a 5-year-old boy when he was a student at Holy Cross from 1948 to 1949. The boy was allegedly brought to Monsignor Gambino one day by a nun “presumably for disciplinary reasons”. The abuse occurred in the rectory, sacristy and other secluded areas. Monsignor Gambino “admonished” the boy not to tell anyone,  that it would be a “sin,” and threatened that if he did, it would affect his record and grades..

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