Deceased priest of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church accused of sexual abuse



A sexual allegation has been brought against Father Patrick Francis Quinn, a former priest of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Petersburg.

The Diocese of Richmond reported four new names on its clergy abuse list last month. Two other deceased priests have been appointed, and Richmond’s only living priest has not been in active ministry since 2006.

Quinn has served as a priest for St. Joseph’s Church, St. Charles in Cape Charles, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and Christ the King in Norfolk in his lifetime. Quinn was born in 1900 and was ordained a priest in 1964, according to the diocese. He died in 1995.

The priest was featured in a 1976 Progress-Index article regarding an increase in church attendance.

A screenshot from the Progress-Index newspaper of January 25, 1976. Father Patrick Quinn Francis is featured in the top article on church attendance.

The sex allegation was made after her death, dating back to claims made by victims decades ago, the diocese’s statement said.

Created in 2019, the Clergy List aims to shed light on the aggressors associated with the Diocese of Richmond. Many of those listed, including Quinn, have credible and substantiated allegations of sexual abuse involving a minor. Today, nearly 60 names are on the clergy list.

The diocese has refrained from disclosing specific details of the victim case. Any complaint made by a church member is submitted for review and sent for consultation with the Diocesan Office of Environmental Safety and the Diocesan Review Board, as noted by the diocese.

Those who have been abused by a church member are encouraged to contact the Virginia General’s Clergy Abuse hotline at 1-833-454-9064, or the confidential 24-hour number to report assistance. to victims at 1-877-887-9603 or by email. [email protected].

Tamica Jean-Charles covers everything related to social justice for the Progress-Index. You can find her on Twitter @thisistamica. You can also contact her at [email protected].



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