Rev. John E. Magel

Summary of Case: Magel was removed from active ministry in June 2002 , after he was accused in a lawsuit of having exposed himself to a group of boys on a camping trip in around 1970. The archbishop determined that abuse had not occurred and returned Magel to ministry in March 2003.

Ordained: 1960


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Louisville archbishop was John Alexander Floersh (1924-1967)

1967 Holy Family Louisville KY



Parish had a school with 675-747 students.


Floersh was succeeded by Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967-1981)

1971 Our Mother of Sorrows


Accused in a 2002 lawsuit of having exposed himself to a group of boys at Our Mother of Sorrows in the late 1960s or early 1970s. (Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 16, 2002)

KY 2/3 Parish had a school with 386-277 students.


Following McDonough as archbishop was Thomas Cajetan Kelly, O.P. (1981-2007)

1982 Diocean Bookkeeper/Accountant/
Louisville KY   Magel is listed in the Directories under these as Rev. John E. Magel, C.P.A.
1971 1974 St. Elizabeth of Hungary Louisville KY 2/3 Parish had a school with 333-296 students.
1974 1979 St. Philip Neri's Louisville KY 1/1  
1979 1987 St. Bartholomew's Louisville KY 1/2 Parish had a school with 233-204 students.
1987 1995 St. Michael's Fairfield KY 1/2, 1/1  
1987 1995 All Saints Taylorsville KY   This was a mission of St. Michael's in Fairfield.


Kelly was replaced by Joseph Edward Kurtz
(2007- )

2009 Retired Louisville KY   Magel was removed from active ministry in June 2002, due to an allegation that he had exposed himself to some boys on a camping trip in around 1970. He was returned to ministry in March 2003 by Archbishop Kelly, who had concluded that there was no evidence of child abuse. (Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
March 24, 2003)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1961-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on Jan. 15, 2010