Assignment Record – Rev. John J. Gallen, s.j.

Summary of Case: Rev. John J. Gallen was a Jesuit priest of the New York Province, ordained in 1963. Gallen went on to become an internationally known scholar and author who led seminars around the world on Catholic liturgy and worship. In 1993 a man reported to his then-home diocese of Milwaukee that, when he was a 16-year-old altar boy in 1980 at a Toledo OH parish, Gallen sexually abused him. Gallen was at the parish in March 1980 to lead a week-long retreat. His accuser said Gallen touched him inappropriately and kissed him. The man said that Gallen later got his parents to allow him to help the priest with a move from Phoenix to Sacramento and that, during the trip, Gallen forced him into oral sex. Gallen's accuser said he reported the abuse to two of his parish priests shortly thereafter, but that the priests did not believe him. Gallen sent his accuser letters of apology for his behavior in 1993 and 1994. Gallen could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had expired. He died April 17, 2011.

Ordained: 1963
Died: April 17, 2011


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Baltimore archbishop was Lawrence Joseph Sheehan (1961-1974).

1964 Woodstock College Woodstock MD    


Gent bishop was Leonce Albert Van Peteghem (1964-1991).

1965   Drongen-bij-Gent Belgium    


Trier bishop was Matthias Wehr (1951-1966), followed by Bernhard Stein (1967-1980).

1967 St. Mattrais Abtei Trier Germany    
1967 1970 College of the Sacred Heart Woodstock MD    


New York archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983).

1977 Woodstock College (Jesuit School of Theology) New York NY    


Ft. Wayne bishop was William Edward McManus (1976-1985).

1979 Notre Dame University Notre Dame IN Director of Center for Pastoral Liturgy  


Phoenix bishop was James Steven Rausch (1977-1981).


• Gallen was accused of sexually abusing a 16 year-old Toledo, OH boy in 1980. Gallen was at the boy's parish, St. Joseph's, to lead a week-long retreat. When he returned home to Phoenix, AZ, Gallen is said to have gotten the boy's parents to agree to send the boy to help Gallen move from Phoenix to Sacramento, CA. His accuser said Gallen forced him into oral sex in a Palm Springs, CA hotel. He said he later told two of his parish priests, who didn't believe him. Gallen apologized to his accuser in a 1993 letter, and again in a 1994 letter.


Gallen is listed in the New York archdiocesan pages as at 5110 N. 32nd St., No. 403, Phoenix, AZ.

St. Joseph's in Toledo's pastor during Gallen's week-long stay in March 1980 was auxilliary bishop James R. Hoffman.


Cooke was succeeded by John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1987 St. Ignatius Loyola

New York


NY 6/10, 5/9,7/11 St. Ignatius had an elementary school with 556-560 students, a Day Nursery with 90 children, and a high school (Regis).


Phoenix bishop was Thomas Joseph O'Brien (1981-2003).

1985 Franciscan Renewal Center Scottsdale AZ    
1986 1991 Corpus Christi Center Phoenix AZ DIrector  


San Jose bishop was Roland Pierre DuMaine (1981-1999).

1991 Bellarmine College Prep. San Jose CA   Bellarmine had 1,250 students, all male.
1991 1992   San Jose CA   The 1992 Directory lists Gallen in the New York archdiocesan pages under the NY Jesuit Provincial's Office as at 160 E. Virginia St., Suite 290, San Jose, CA. He is not listed at Bellarmine College Prep.
1992 1993   Santa Clara CA  

The 1993 Directory lists Gallen in the New York archdiocesan pages under the NY Jesuit Provincial's Office as at 1580 Vista Club Dr., Apt. 204, Santa Clara, CA.

In 1993 Galllen's accuser reported the 1980 abuse to the Milwaukee archdiocese, where the accuser was then living. A 1993 Milwaukee memo shows they were going to notify Toledo diocesan officials as well as the Jesuits' New York Province. The Toledo diocese later claimed they had no record of the accusation and that they didn't learn of it until Gallen's accuser contacted them 2002. Gallen could not be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations.

1993 1995        

The 1994 and 1995 Directories list Gallen in the New York archdiocesan pages under the NY Jesuit Provincial's Office with no address.

The Jesuits settled with Gallen's accuser in 1994.

1995 1997         Gallen is not indexed in the 1996 or 1997 Directories.


Edward Michael Egan replaced O'Connor as New York archbishop (2000-2009).

2007 Residence and publication office of the America Press New York New York NY    


Timothy Michael Dolan succeeded Egan (2009-).

2011 Murray-Weigel Hall New York NY  

Murray-Weigel is an infirmary and retirement residence for Jesuits of the New York Province.

Gallen died April 17, 2011.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1964-2012)

Jesuit Writer Accused of Abusing Local Boy Is Barred from Ministry, By David Yonke, Toledo Blade (Ohio), March 10, 2004
Another Shameful Revelation, Toledo Blade (Ohio), March 15, 2004
Diocese ID's 16 Alleged Abusers; Report from Toledo Bishop Omits Lay Workers, Deceased Clerics, By David Yonke , Toledo Blade, Downloaded March 30, 2004
Diocese of Toledo Status Report, Feb. 17, 2005
New York Province of the Society of Jesus, Office of the Provincial, April 18, 2011

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