Fr. Joseph A. Balfe

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1927
Status: Sued

Died: 09/29/1969
Diocese: Diocese of Helena MT

Died 9/29/1969. Accused of abuse of students at St. Ignatius Mission Boarding School on Flathead Indian Reservation in late 1950s-early 1960s. One man said he arrived early for mass and found Balfe standing naked in the sacristy. Another said that Balfe asked him during confession what bed he slept in. Named in five complaints in a 9/2011 civil suit against the Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese, filed by 45 people against four nuns, six priests and one religious brother. On the Jesuit West Province list 12/7/2018, which notes the sexual abuse of a minor 1934-1940 and 1959-1961.

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