Father Joseph Alexander – Diocese of Lafayette

| Jul 21, 2021 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Joseph Alexander

Diocese of Lafayette

Joined Benedictine Order: 1955

Ordained: 1973

Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955-1984: St. Marks Monastery (South Union, KY)
  • 1984-1988: Our Lady of Wisdom (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1985-1987: St. Thomas More High School (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1987-1988: Principal at Holy Rosary Institute (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1988-2002: St. Anthony of Padua (Lafayette, LA)
  • 2002:           St. Edmond Catholic School (Lafayette, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Joseph Alexander:

Fr. Joseph Alexander joined the Benedictine Order in 1955, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in April 2002, The Diocese of Owensboro received an allegation of child sexual abuse against Fr. Alexander. There is conflicting information regarding when the abuse occurred. Initial reports suggest that abuse occurred in the early 1960’s when Alexander was a Benedictine brother and prior to his ordination in 1973.

However, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Owensboro stated that she believed that the abuse occurred between late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The abuse occurred at St. Maur’s Priory in South Union, KY while the victim was a teenage student at St. Maur’s Preparatory Seminary. At the time the allegation was received, Fr. Alexander was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua in Lafayette, LA. According to the Diocese of Lafayette, “Fr. Alexander has acknowledged his involvement in the behavior of which he is accused.” Following the allegation, Fr. Alexander was placed on administrative leave.

On January 28, 2019, an allegation of child sexual abuse against Fr. Alexander was reported to the Eunice Police Department. No specific date was given, but the alleged abuse was said to have occurred while Fr. Alexander was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua (1988-2002). Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lafayette.

In April 2019, Fr. Alexander was listed on the Diocese of Owensboro’s list of clergy “against whom a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse has been made.”

Fr. Alexander’s name is also listed on the Diocese of Lafayette’s Disclosure list dated April 2019.

According to the 2017 Official Catholic Directory, Fr. Joseph Alexander is listed as being on “administrative leave.” His current whereabouts are unknown.

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