Fr. John Hagerty – Diocese of Erie

by | Mar 26, 2024 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father John Hagerty

Diocese of Erie

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Ordained: 1955

Retired: 2005

Died: 2013

Assignment History

  • 1955: Cathedral Preparatory School and Saint James Parish (Erie, PA)
  • 1959-1968: Saint Mark Seminary (Erie, PA)
  • 1972-1977: Elk County Catholic High School and Saint Benedict Mission Church (Daguscahonda, PA)
  • 1977-1984: Saint Joseph Parish (Erie, PA)
  • 1984-1989: Cathedral Preparatory School (Erie, PA)
  • 1989-1991: Blessed Sacrament Parish (Erie, PA)
  • 1991-1997: Saint Thomas Parish (Corry PA)
  • 1997-2005: Notre Dame Parish (Hermitage, PA)
  • 2005: Blessed Sacrament and Cathedral Preparatory (Erie, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Fr. John Hagerty:

Fr. John Hagerty was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Erie in 1955 and worked in multiple parishes during his 50-year career. According to news reports, in January of 2024, it was announced on a public disclosure list that Father Hagerty was among three priests and a teacher under investigation by the Diocese of Erie for sexual misconduct or knowingly failing to prevent it. The list also includes priests and laypeople who the diocese said have been “credibly accused” of abuse. The Catholic Diocese of Erie’s list has included more names than the PA Grand Jury report.

The diocese lists an individual as “under investigation” if a report of abuse is made against them and the initial investigation corroborates the basic facts of the report. Diocesan officials said law enforcement was immediately informed. The investigation is still pending. Father Hagerty died in 2013.

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