Fr. James J. Rosch: Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Misconduct With a Minor

Fr. James J. Rosch

Ordained: 1972
  • 1973-1978: St. Joseph, Scotia, NY (ALB)
  • 1979-1981: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Gloversville, NY (ALB)
  • 1982: Unassigned, Albany, NY (ALB) 2000-2002 St. Joseph, Fort Edward, NY (ALB)
  • 1983-1984: St. Paul the Apostle, Troy, NY (ALB) 2003-2019 Unknown
  • 1985-1995: St. Madeleine Sophie, Guilderland, NY (ALB)
  • 1996-1997: Our Lady of the Annunciation, Queensbury, NY (ALB)
  • 1998-1999: Unknown


In 2002, Fr. James J. Rosh was removed from ministry in the Diocese of Albany following credible allegations that he sexually abused a teenage boy in Schenectady, New York. Fr. Rosch claimed he was removed from ministry because he had fondled a 17-year-old girl when he was 23 years old, prior to his ordination. The Diocese refuted his claim, and said, “If that were the case, he would have never been removed.” The Diocese has paid settlements to at least one of Fr. Rosch’s survivors. Fr. Rosch is listed on the Diocese of Albany’s lists of “Clergy Credibly Accused While Serving in the Diocese of Albany.” Fr. Rosch’s status as a priest, his whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.