Fr. James Burson

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Ordained for the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists). First named publicly as accused by the diocese in 11/18. A man reported in 2018 that he was molested by Burson as a Cardinal Dougherty High School student in 1979. Burson was librarian and vocations director at the school 1973-79.There were multiple incidents, per the man’s attorney. In residence at a Eudist facility in Lakeview NY 1980-81, affiliated with St. John’s parish in Buffalo in 1983, assigned to parishes in the Lafayette LA diocese 1984-94. Moved in 1996 to San Diego CA, assigned to a parish and chaplain at three hospitals. Retired 7/1/09. In residence at St. Patrick’s in Carlsbad until moving to a “board and care facility” in 2017. On Buffalo diocese’s list updated 11/5/18. Lawsuit filed 8/19.


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