Fr Harry Morgan – Diocese of Phoenix

| Aug 6, 2019 | Catholic Church

Father Harry Morgan

Diocese of Phoenix

Ordained: 1953

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • 1954                 St. Joseph’s (Winslow, AZ)
  • 1955 – 1958    St. John the Baptist (St. Johns, AZ)
  • 1959 – 1963    St. Pius X (East Flagstaff, AZ)
  • 1964 – 1969     St. Joseph’s (Williams, AZ)
  • 1965-1970       St. Joseph’s (Williams, Arizona)
  • 1971-1972       St. Clement of Rome (Sun City, Arizona)
  • 1973-1974       Cristo Rey (Grand Canyon, Arizona)
  • 1975                 Mission (Fountain Hills, Arizona)
  • 1976-1983       Active Outside the Diocese
  • 1984-1986       Sacred Heart Home for the Aged (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • 1987-1993       Jeanne Jugan Residence (San Pedro, California)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Harry Morgan:

According to media reports, Father Harry Morgan was ordained for the Diocese of Gallup, and became a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix when it was created in 1969. 

Father Morgan was arrested February 1975, when he was the pastor at the Church of the Ascension in Fountain Hills. He was charged with molesting a 9-year-old boy that January.

In August 1975, Morgan pleaded no contest in Maricopa County Superior Court.

“I have been consumed with guilt since the incident,” Father Morgan told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge C. Kimball Rose before he was sentenced. He also said he was concerned about the effect his actions would have on the victim’s relation to the church.

In October 1975, Father Morgan was sentenced to 10 years probation. According to a news report dated October 1975, his attorney said the Catholic Church was arranging to place Father Morgan “out of state in a parish without children.”

There is no information to indicate where he was transferred.

He retired in 1994 and died in 1995.

In October 2012, Father Morgan’s name appeared on the Diocese of Phoenix’s list of clergy members who have been accused or convicted of abusing children.

His name was added to the Diocese of Gallup’s list in December 2018.

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