Fr. Joseph Havey: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Joseph Havey

Ordained: 1971

  • 1972: St. Anthony Church, Effingham, IL (SFD)
  • 1973-1974: SS. Peter and Paul’s, Springfield, IL (SFD)
  • 1975: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church,
  • 1976: Holy Ghost Church, Jerseyville, IL (SFD) 2006 Laicized
  • 1977-1978: On Sick Leave (SFD) 2007-2019 Unknown
  • 1979-1980: St. Agnes, Springfield, IL (SFD) Granite City, IL (SFD)
  • 1981: St. Agnes, Springfield, IL (SFD)
  • 1982: On Sick Leave (SFD)
  • 1983-2006: Unknown (Left priesthood)

In 1993, Fr. Joseph Havey was named in seven separate child sexual abuse lawsuits that were later dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Fr. Havey allegedly sexually abused at least five boys from approximately 1978 to 1981, while he worked at St. Agnes in Springfield, Illinois. In 1995, Fr. Havey was named in an eighth lawsuit filed by parents of two of the plaintiffs in the previous 1993 lawsuits. In 2006, Fr. Havey was laicized. In 2018, Fr. Havey was included on the Diocese of Springfield’s list of clergy with substantiated cases of sexual abuse of a minor. Fr. Havey’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.