Assignment Record– Rev. Paul Madden

Summary of Case: Paul Madden was ordained a priest of the Natchez-Jackson MS diocese in 1970. He assisted at parishes in Ocean Spring, Jackson, Natchez and Meadville, before pastoring in Crystal Springs, Hazelhurst, Forest, Paulding and Meridian. He also did stints at the V.A., at a junior college and at a state hospital. He spent two years in Mexico in the late 1970s, and worked in Peru as a member of the Society of St. James missionary from at least the early 1990s through 2002. Madden was accused in a 2002 lawsuit of having sexually abused a 13-year-old boy in 1973 during a trip the two took two Ireland. Despite acknowledging the abuse, Madden was allowed to stay in ministry. In 2003 the bishop of Peru's Chimbote diocese accepted Madden as one of his priests.

Ordained: 1970



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Natchez-Jackson bishop was Joseph Bernard Brunini (1967-1984).

1972 St. Alphonsus

Ocean Spring

MS 3/4

St. Alphonsus had a school with 325-310 students.


1974 Holy Family


Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2002 of the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy in 1973, during a trip to Ireland.

MS 2/2 Holy Family had a school with 272-263 students.


1974 Veteran's Administration   MS   This was a station of Holy Family in Jackson.
1974 1977 Our Lady of Sorrows Cathedral Natchez MS 3/3 Our Lady of Sorrows Cathedral had a school with 244-478 students.
1974 1977 St. Ann's Meadville MS   This was a mission of Our Lady of Sorrows Cathedral in Natchez.
1977 1979 On Duty Outside Diocese Saltillo Mexico    


Diocese's name was changed to "Jackson" June 6, 1977.

1983 St. John's Crystal Springs MS 1/1 Administrator 1979-1980  
1979 1983 St. Martin's Hazelhurst MS   This was a mission of St. John's in Crystal Springs.


Brunini was succeeded as Jackson bishop by William Russell Houck (1984-2003).

1989 On Duty Outside the Diocese       The Directory does not indicate where Madden was assigned.
1989 1990 St. Michael's Paulding MS 1/1  
1989 1990 St. Michael's Forest MS 1/1  
    St. Ann's Newton MS   This was a mission of St. Michael's in Forest.
1989 1990 East Central Junior College Decatur MS    
1990 1991 On Duty Outside the Diocese       The Directory does not indicate where Madden was assigned.
1991 1993 Foreign Missions/Society of St. James the Apostle   Peru    


Jackson diocese

1994 St. Patrick's Meridian MS 1/2 St. Patrick's had a school with 122 students.
1993 1994 Good Shepherd Quitman MS   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Meridian.
1993 1994 Meridian East State Hospital Meridian MS    



2002 Foreign Missions/Society of St. James the Apostle   Peru   Madden is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.


Chimbote bishop was Luis Armando Bambarén Gastelumendi, S.J. (1978-2004), followed by Ángel Francisco Simón Piorno (2004-).

      Peru   He was accepted by the Chimbote diocese in 2003, despite having admitted to the 1973 sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy. His victim received a $50,000 settlement.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1971-2002)

Alleged Abuse Victims File $27 Million Suit against Jackson Diocese, Associated Press State & Local Wire, July 18, 2002
Crisis in the Church /Legal Fight, Law Named in Suit Alleging Abuse by Two Miss. Priests, By Stephen Kurkjian, Boston Globe, July 18, 2002
Too Much Tolerance?, By Brendan M. Case, Brooks Egerton, and Reese Dunklin, Dallas Morning News, March 16, 2005
Legal Limitations Still to Be Settled in Jackson Catholic Diocese Priest Abuse Case, Associated Press State & Local Wire, May 8, 2005
Following the Trail of Sexual Abuse in the Us...Tribune, February 7, 2010
South America Has Become a Safe Haven for the Catholic Church’s Alleged Child Molesters, By Will Carless, Global Post, September 17, 2015


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This assignment record was last updated on September 22, 2015.