Msgr. John Harley Schmitt: Substantiated Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Msgr. John Harley Schmitt

Ordained, 1940

Notes: Msgr. John Harley Schmitt was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver. Msgr. Schmitt 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 Msgr. Schmitt in 1993 and 2010. Sometime in 1963 and 1964, Msgr. Schmitt allegedly sexually abused two minor children while he worked at All Saints in Denver, Colorado. The Archdiocese of Denver allegedly took no action to limit Msgr. Schmitt’s faculties or ministry. Msgr. Schmitt continued to minister at the senior home he lived in and work at a mortuary and cemetery without restriction until his death.

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


1941-1946 Blessed Sacrament, Denver, CO (DEN)

1947-1948 St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, Colorado Springs, CO (DEN)

1949-1950 Appolonare University, Rome

1951 On Duty Outside the Diocese (DEN) Appolonare University, Rome, Italy

1952-1970 All Saints, Denver, CO (DEN)

1971-1974 Our Lady of Fatima, Denver, CO (DEN)

1975-1989 Our Lady of Fatima, Lakewood, CO (DEN)

1990-1996 Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, Denver, CO (DEN)

1990-2003 Retired (DEN) Mullen Home, 3629 W. 29th Ave., Denver, CO 80211

2003 Died