Fr. James F. Hopkins

Ordained: 1900
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Ordained in Buffalo NY. First assignment was in Sharon, PA, then Corry. Pastor 1906 in East Brady. Subbed in summers in Titusville. Permanent Rector at St. Titus in Titusville 1928 until his death. Elevated to Monsignor in 1949. Died 7/14/57. Per his bio, “Boy and Girls Scout Troops have received his especial [sic] care.” Name included on Erie diocese’s updated list 7/18/18 and in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. A woman told Bishop Trautman in 1993 that Hopkins abused her in the St. Titus rectory when she was age 13 in 1945. She said he would “plant a sloppy kiss” on girls’ mouths and grab and fondle them. Name removed in 7/20 from building at St. Bonaventure University.

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