Catholic Priest

Edward Joyce

Ordained: 1940
Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh

From Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

In December 2002, an allegation of sexual abuse by Monsignor Edward Joyce was made to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.  A male had reported to the Diocese of Pittsburgh that Joyce had inappropriately touched him from 1966 to 1968 at a church in Allegheny County. He stated that he and Joyce gave each other massages which eventually led to naked massages and heavy touching.  On one occasion, he and Joyce were caught in a compromising position by Father Patrick Jones.   After the incident, Joyce was quickly reassigned to an all-girls school.

In April, 2010 a female requested her school records from St. Joseph.   She provided “troubling information” about. Joyce in connection with the request.   The “troubling information” was never described, however, and there was no other documentation in the file to detail the incident and/or how it was resolved.

Additional information regarding the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Dioceses of Pennsylvania and the systemic cover up by senior church officials is compiled in the Pennsylvania Diocese Victim’s Report published by the Pennsylvania Attorney General following a two-year grand jury investigation.  A complete copy of the Report is available on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website.