Fr. Frances Melfe – Diocese of Albany

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Frances P. Melfe

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1954

Resigned: 1979

Dead: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955-1958: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Gloversville, NY)
  • 1959-1967: St. Joseph’s Church (Troy, NY)
  • 1968-1969: St. Mary’s Church (Hudson, NY)
  • 1969-1970: St. Patrick’s (Albany, NY)
  • 1971- 1979: Immaculate Conception Church (Schenectady, NY)
  • 1980-1981: Absent on Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Frances P Melfe:

On November 30th, 2018 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany released a list of names that contained clergy members who had been removed from ministry due to credible evidence of sexual misconduct with minors. One name on the Diocese of Albany list that had appeared for the first time in any abuse allegations was Fr. Frances P Melfe (also spelled in the Catholic Directory as “Francis”).

Melfe was involved with a single mother with four children while still a priest, and he fathered a son with her. They later married, then divorced.

In 2019, the adult children – male and female – spoke publicly about the abuse they suffered by Melfe, including sexual abuse, and that Bishops Hubbard and Broderick knew Melfe was living with them. The five siblings filed suit under the NY Child Victims Act.

Melfe was also accused, along with Bishop Hubbard and Fr. Albert DelVecchiho, in a 2019 suit of abuse of a girl in a Schenectady rectory in the late 1970s.

Melfe died in 2019.

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