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).
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
|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)
Source: 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