Father Paul Coppola
Diocese of Buffalo
Assigned as follows:
- Bishop Turner High School (Buffalo, NY)
- St. Francis of Assisi (Buffalo, NY)
- Sacred Heart Parish (Portville, NY)
- St. Anthony (Lackawanna, NY)
- St. Joseph New Cathedral (Buffalo, NY)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Paul Coppola:
Father Paul Coppola was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1951. He entered the Diocese of Buffalo in 1962 and was incardinated in 1966. Father Coppola began serving as a teacher at Bishop Turner High School and as a weekend assistant at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, both in Buffalo. He also served as a football, wrestling and baseball coach at Bishop Turner and as the choral director for St. Joseph New Cathedral. He was involved in a number of organizations, including the Boys Club of America. He retired in 1983, and died in November 2006.
According to media reports, in November 2018, Father Coppola’s name was included in 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, and includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation.
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.