Fr. John Gallagher – Diocese of Charlotte

| Jul 21, 2021 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Fr. John Gallagher

Diocese of Charlotte (Oratorians)

Ordained: 1953

Died: 2007

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church  (Monroe, N.C.)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Gallagher:

Fr. John Gallagher was ordained a priest Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in 1953, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2019, as part of the Diocese of Charlotte’s file review, an independent investigator found credible an allegation from September of 1971 that Gallagher had inappropriately touched a teenaged girl at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Monroe.

A “supply” priest assigned by the Oratorian religious order based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Fr. Gallagher was filling in for one weekend during the pastor’s absence. The alleged abuse was reported immediately to another priest, who alerted the Diocese of Raleigh, which oversaw the Catholic Church across North Carolina at the time. The teenager’s family declined to press charges, according to diocesan files. Fr. Gallagher’s supervising religious order restricted his ministry in response. He died in 1976.

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