Catholic Priest

James F. Farry

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton

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

In January 1953, Father James F. Farry suffered an aneurism and was unable to perform full time duties during his recovery.

On January 1, 1954, Farry was assigned to St. Michael’s School for Boys. On May 29. 1960, Farry was notified by Bishop Hannan that his relations with the guests of St. Michael’s had made it intolerable for him to continue to live there. Additionally, Hannan stated that since he would not be able to meet the responsibilities of the ministry in any available post which needed priestly service, Farry was invited to take up residence at the Cure of Ars Hospice.

On August 21, 2006, the Diocese received a report that resident at St. Michael’s from 1953 to 1954 stated that he was sexually abused by a Father Collins.  The victim later revealed that it was Farry.

The Diocese filed a report of the abuse with the District Attorney’s Office of Wyoming County.

The Diocese agreed to assume responsibility for the co-payments associated with the victim’s psychological counseling services.

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.