Fr. Joseph Gallagher – Archdiocese of Baltimore

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2023 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Fr. Joseph Gallagher

Archdiocese of Baltimore

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Ordained: 1955

Retired: 1985

Removed: 1993

Died: 2015

Assignment History:

  • 1955-1962: Basilica of the Assumption (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1962-1963: Villa Maria (Timonium, MD) and St. Paul’s Latin High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1964-1966: Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart (Towson, MD)
  • 1967-1976:St. Mary’s Seminary (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1976-1985: Resurrection (Ellicott City, MD), St. Lawrence (Baltimore, MD), Cathedral of Mary Our Queen (Baltimore, MD), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Baltimore, MD), CYO Retreat House (Baltimore, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Gallagher

Fr. Joseph Gallagher, also known as J. Joseph Gallagher, was ordained a Catholic priest and worked in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In 2002, Fr. Gallagher was listed on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors list. In April 2023, Maryland’s Attorney General released a report alleging 156 Catholic clergy members sexually abused at least 600 children over six decades. The report lists the names of the abusers, including Father Joseph Gallagher.

According to the Attorney General’s report, in 1986, one year after Fr. Gallagher retired, the Archdiocese of Baltimore was informed by a victim’s mother that her son was sexually abused by Gallagher in 1980 in Gettysburg, PA when her son was 14 years old. In 1993, the victim met with the archdiocese himself and reported the same allegations. Gallagher admitted an “inappropriate conduct” with the victim but denied there was any “genital touching.” Gallagher was then removed from ministry. Gallagher tried to get his faculties restored twice and was denied both times.

Father Joseph Gallagher died in 2015.

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