Fr. Joseph A. Colletti: Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. Joseph A. Colletti

Ordained: 1971

  • 1972: St. Ambrose, Anderson, IN (LFT)
  • 1973: On Duty Outside Diocese (LFT) – St. Pius V Church, Pasadena, TX (GAL)
  • 1974-1975: St. Pius V Church, Pasadena, TX (GAL)
  • 1974-1976: On Duty Outside Diocese (LFT) – St. Aloysius, West Allis, WI (MIL)
  • 1977-1978: On Duty Outside Diocese(LFT) – St. Monica Church, Carpentersville, IL (RCK)
  • 1979-1980: St. Ferdinand, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1979-1980: On Duty outside Diocese (LFT)
  • 1981-1982: On Duty Outside Diocese (LFT) – St. Ferdinand, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1983: Unknown
  • 1984: Leave of Absence (LFT)
  • 1985-1988: Awaiting Assignment (LFT)
  • 1989: Absent Unassigned (LFT)
  • 1990: Special Assignment (LFT) – St. Patrick Parish, Oxford, IN (LFT)
  • 1991-2002: Unassigned (LFT)
  • 2003-2019: Unknown

Fr. Joseph A. Colletti was ordained in 1971 as a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette. In 1990, Fr. Colletti was removed from public ministry. His faculties were withdrawn in 2004. Despite Fr. Colletii’s purported agreement to not attempt to function as or present himself as a priest, the Diocese of Lafayette, in Indiana, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops learned that he had represented himself as a priest in Illinois and Southern California, and had been saying mass in California since 2015. Based on an announcement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is believed that Fr. Colletti may still be residing in Southern California and spending time in Illinois visiting his family. In 2018, Fr. Colletti was named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s list of “Diocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors” and was in the process of being laicized by the Vatican.