Fr. C. Jeffries Burton (Jesuit) – Diocese of Richmond

| Feb 20, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father C. Jeffries Burton

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2007

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968                College of the Sacred Heart (Woodstock, MD)
  • 1969-1970      Colegio San Mateo (Osorno, Chile)
  • 1971-1978      Chapel of the Holy Redeemer (Hot Springs, NC)
  • 1979-1982      Youth Ministries (Flat Rock, NC)
  • 1980                Self-Help, Inc. (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1983-1988      Holy Name (Camden, NJ)
  • 1989-1991      Jesuit Ferdinand Wheeler House (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1990-1994      Holy Spirit (Atlantic City, NJ); Camden Diocesan Center (Mays Landing, NJ) Stockton State College (Pomona, NJ)
  • 1993-1998      St. Peter (Pleasantville, NJ)
  • 1999-2002      St. James (Ventor, NJ)
  • 2003-2006      Assumption Parish (Pomona, NJ)
  • 2007                Sacred Heart (South Richmond, VA)
  • 2008                Jesuit Fathers and Brother Maryland Provincial Curia (Baltimore, MD)
  • 2009-2010      Colombiere Jesuit Community (Baltimore, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father C. Jeffries Burton:

Father C. Jeffries Burton was ordained a Jesuit priest. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career including Maryland, Chile, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia. He taught, served in hispanic ministry, established and co-directed a youth ministry program, and worked as a campus minister. According to media reports, in 1994, the Jesuits received a report that in 1982 Father Burton had engaged in “inappropriate touching” with a minor in North Carolina. He was sent for therapy, but remained in ministry and was reassigned.

In June 2007, while serving at Sacred Heart in South Richmond, VA, the Jesuits said they discovered the earlier allegation of inappropriate touching of a minor in 1982 after reviewing Father Burton’s personnel file. He was co-director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina at the time. He acknowledged the sexual misconduct and was removed from active ministry. He died in August 2011.

In December 2018, Father Burton’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. In February 2019, his name also appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It was added to the Diocese of Richmond’s list, as well. In December 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Charlotte’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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