Rev. Joseph J. Gallagher—Assignment Record

Ordained: 1963
Retired: 2007


Start Stop Parish Town State Position Notes
1963 1965 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Philadelphia PA 2/3, including a priest in residence. Philadelphia archdiocese. Parish school had 76 boys and 97 girls in 1963-1964.
1965 1970 Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul Philadelphia PA 4/7, including 3 in residence. Then 4/6, 4/7, 3/6, Philadelphia archdiocese. Parish school had 151 boys and 182 girls in 1965-1966.
1970 1974 St. Michael's Chester PA 2/4, with 2 in residence. One of the priests in residence, Rev. J. Michael Flood, is also accused. Then 2/2. Philadelphia archdiocese. Parish school had 157 boys and 156 girls in 1970-1971.
1974 1979 Ascension of Our Lord Philadelphia PA 3/5, including one priest in residence. One other priest here throughout Gallagher's stint is also accused, Rev. Stanley M. Gana. Then 3/4, 3/3, 3/4 Philadelphia archdiocese. Parish school had 1,150 students in 1974-1975.
1979 1983 St. Monica's Philadelphia PA 3/5, including one priest in residence. Then 2/5. In 1982, another accused priest, Rev. John J. Delli Carpini, arrived in residence. Philadelphia archdiocese. In 1979-1980, the parish school had 1,303 students; the Business School had 75 students.
1983 1990 St. Mark's


• According to the 2011 Philadelphia Grand Jury Report, accused of abusing two boys at this parish. One later committed suicide after the archdioicesan Review Board deemed his allegation unsubstantiated.

PA 2/3. The pastor, Rev. Albert T. Kostelnick, is also accused. They were together here for Gallagher's entire tenure. Philadelphia archdiocese. Parish school had 328 students.
1990 2006

St. Richard's

Philadelphia PA 1/2; 1/3 in 1999; then 1/2 again in 2001; then 1/1 in 2003 Philadelphia archdiocese. Parish school had 220 students.
2006 2007 Whereabouts unknown       Not indexed in the 2007 Directory
2007 2011 Retired     Assists regularly at St. Jerome's, St. Timothy's in Philadelphia, and St. Thomas Aquinas in Croyden, According to the 2011 Philadelphia Grand Jury report. Listed with a Philadelphia address.



Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1964-2010).

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This assignment record was last updated on 7/6/11.