Rev. Joseph P. Labbe

Summary of Case: Labbe's name appeared on a list of priests placed on leave in April, 2002 by the Cleveland diocese because of allegations of past abuse. One article said during 1980s several teenage boys accused him of sexually abusing them. Labbe denies charges. He was director of admissions at Borromeo Seminary College in Wickliffe (1981-91).

: 1975


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980), followed by Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006)

1981 St. Joseph's Avon Lake OH



Parish had a school with 383-344 students.
1981 1991 Borromeo College of Ohio Wickliffe OH Recruiter; Dean of Men  
1991 2002 Holy Angels Chagrin Falls (Bainbridge Township) OH 1/1 Holy Angels was a mission until 1995. Labbe was Administrator from 1991-1994, then pastor. The parish had a Catechesis/Religious programs with 340-875 students.


Richard Gerard Lennon succeeded Pilla
(2006- )

2009 Administrative Leave • Labbe was suspended from ministry in April 2002 for past allegations of sexual abuse of teenage boys. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
June 16, 2002)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1976-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov.12, 2009