Fr. Joseph K. Coleman

Ordained: 1981
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Admitted to molesting two boys at Mattapan’s St. Angela’s parish in the early 1980s. A 1987 church memo from Rev. John B. McCormack (who went on to become Manchester NH bishop) said Coleman admitted to a strong attraction to boys and that he had touched other young boys. Coleman was treated at Institute for Living, then allowed to work at two hospitals. Privileges removed 1996 and 2003. “Voluntarily” laicized in 2005. Boston AD database in 8/11 says case concluded canonically. Reportedly there was a settlement for $72K with one alleged victim in 2018.


Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.