Fr. Michael Kolodziej (Franciscans) – Diocese of Buffalo

| Oct 18, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Michael Kolodziej

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1971      St. Mary of Sorrows Church (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1971-1974      Bishop Turner High School and Villa Maria College (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1975-1979      Archbishop Curley High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1979-1982      St. Francis High (Athol Springs, NY)
  • 1982-1988      Cardinal O’Hara High (Tonawanda, NY)
  • 1988-1991      Holy Trinity Parish (Lawrence, MA)
  • 1991-2001      St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Basilica (Chicopee, MA)
  • 2001-2010      Minister Provincial of the Order (Ellicott City, MD)
  • 2010-2013      St Philip Benizi (Jonesboro, GA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Michael Kolodziej:

Father Michael Kolodziej was originally ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Buffalo and taught at Bishop Turner High School before joining the order of Conventual Franciscans in 1974. According to media reports, in November 2013, a former student of Archbishop Curley High alleged that Father Kolodziej sexually abused him on several occasions from 1975 to 1979 while “wrestling” with him.  The school immediately reported the allegation to police. The Archdiocese of Baltimore and his religious order suspended him from public ministry.

In November 2018, Father Kolodziej’s name was included in the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor, as well as the Diocese of Buffalo’s updated list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. The original list was published in March 2018.

In October 2019, Father Kolodziej was named in a lawsuit alleging that he repeatedly sexually abused a 17-year-old Cardinal O’Hara High School student from approximately 1982 to 1983.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.

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