Rev. Msgr. Joseph Thang Xuan Pham

Summary of Case: Pham was removed from active ministry in July 2011 after being accused of, and admitting to, having sexually abused a minor while he was in college.

Ordained: 1985


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
    St. Joseph Seminary College

St. Benedict

Pham was accused in 2011 of having sexually abused a minor when he was in college. He admitted the accusation was true.

LA student/seminarian Pham attended St. Joseph Seminary College.


Richmond bishop was Walter Francis Sullivan (1974-2003)

1988 St. Bede's Williamsburg VA 4/4  
1988 1990         Pham is not indexed in the 1989 or 1990 Directories, nor is he listed in the Richmond diocesan pages at his previous or subsequent assignments.
1990 1991 Unassigned        
1991 1997 Ethnic and Special Ministries Richmond VA   This was a chancery position.


Sullivan was succeeded by Francis Xavier DiLorenzo (2004-)

2010 Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs Richmond VA 1/1, 1/2

This parish had a religious education program with 98-115 students.

Pham is first noted to be a Monsignor in the 2004 Directory.

2010 July 2011 St. John's Dinwiddie VA Parochial Vicar Pham was removed from ministry in July 2011 due to an accusation and Pham's admission that he had sexually abused a minor while in college (seminary).


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1986-2010)

Dinwiddie Priest Removed from Post, By Randy Hallman, Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 30, 2011
Priest Removed from Ministry, Catholic Virginian, July 31, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 18, 2011