Msgr. Joseph Grant Higgins – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor Joseph Grant Higgins

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1961      Blessed Sacrament, (New Orleans, LA) 
  • 1962                St. Pius (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1963-1974      St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1975                All Saints (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1976                Sisters of Charity Hospital of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1977                St. Albert the Great (North Tonawanda, NY)
  • 1978                State Hospital (Gowanda, NY)
  • 1979-1982      Psychiatric Center (Gowanda, NY)
  • 1983                Unknown
  • 1984-1997      Most Precious Blood (Angola, NY)
  • 1998                Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Joseph Grant Higgins:

Monsignor Joseph Grant Higgins was ordained a Josephite Order priest in 1956 and was assigned to churches in New Orleans, Loisiana and Baltimore, Maryland, prior to his incardination into the Diocese of Buffalo in 1975. According to media reports, in March 2018, his name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed, however, the list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. He retired in 1999 and died in 2016. 

In August 2019, he was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of sexually abusing a child from 1990 to 1991 at Most Precious Blood Church in Angola. The victim, was 9 to 10 years old at the time. According to some parishioners, Monsignor Higgins was known to take altar boys on camping trips. His sudden departure from the parish in 1997 was not fully explained, they said.

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