Fr. Joseph A. Reade: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. Joseph A. Reade


Ordained, 1954

Notes: Fr. Joseph Reade was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pueblo. Fr. Reade was included in the Colorado Attorney General’s Special Master’s Report on “Roman Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse of Children in Colorado from 1950 to 2019.” According to the Special Master’s Report, child sexual abuse allegations were made against Fr. Reade in 1986 and 1994. Fr. Reade allegedly sexually abused a minor, from approximately 1969 to 1971, while he worked as a chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. In approximately 1986, Fr. Reade allegedly sexually abused a minor while he was a retired priest and exercised limited ministry in the Diocese of Pueblo. The Diocese of Pueblo purportedly reached a nancial settlement with one of the survivors and claimed a second allegation was unsubstantiated. In approximately 1986, the Diocese of Pueblo brie y suspended Fr. Reade’s faculties and restored them that same year. According to the Special Master’s Report, Fr. Reade’s le does not indicate that either alleged child sexual abuse report was ever reported to law enforcement. Fr. Reade’s status as a priest and whether he had access to children from 1980 until his death in 1990 are unknown.

Assignments within the Archdiocese/Diocese(s) in Colorado: Pueblo


1955 St. Patrick’s, Pueblo, CO (PBL)

1956 St. Patrick’s, La Junta, CO (PBL)

1957-1958 Shrine of St. Therese, Pueblo, CO (PBL)

1959-1963 St. Patrick’s, Pueblo, CO (PBL)

1964 St. Rose of Lima, Buena Vista, CO (PBL)

1965 Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pueblo, CO (PBL)

1966-1971 St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction, CO (PBL)

1968-1971 Colo. Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Grand Junction, CO (PBL)

1972-1973 On Duty Outside the Diocese (PBL) Halifax, N.S.

1974 Newman Center of Southern Colorado State College, Pueblo, CO (PBL)

1975-1980 Parkview Episcopal Hospital, Pueblo, CO (PBL)

1980 St. Mary, Pueblo, CO (PBL)

1981-1983 Retired (PBL) St. Peter the Apostle Church, 11 Prince St., Provincetown, MA 02657

1984-1985 Retired (PBL) 21 Cambridge, No. D, Pueblo, 81005

1986 Retired (PBL) 1312 Lakeview Ave., Apt. 202, Pueblo, 81004

1987-1988 Retired (PBL) 2025 Acero, No. 16, Pueblo, 81004

1989-1990 Retired (PBL) 1416 Lakeview, No. 109, Pueblo, 81004

1990 Died