Fr. Joseph Klespis – Diocese of Harrisburg

| Apr 7, 2020 | BANKRUPTCY, Catholic Church, Sex

Father Joseph F. Klespis 

Diocese of Harrisburg 


Ordained: 1955

Died: 2020


Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph F. Klespis:

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. Ahead of the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg released the names of 71 priests, seminarians and laypersons accused of sexually abusing children since 1941. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone. 

One name that was made public for the first time from the proceedings was Father Joseph F. Klespis. The list that the Diocese of Harrisburg provided does not include any information about the number of victims who have come forward, the nature of the misconduct, or the timeframe that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information found about Joseph Klespis has been released from his obituary.

His case falls under the category of clergy accused after laicization on other grounds. Laicization, under Church law, is normally a process whereby the cleric voluntarily requests that he be separated from the clerical state. According to his obituary, Joseph Klespis left the ministry to be married to a woman. He died in January of 2020. There has been no formal determination of guilt or innocence. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

Contact us at 888-283-9922 or [email protected] to discuss your legal options today.