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Background Information

Employment History

School Director
St. Mary

Hospital Chaplain, Associate Pastor
St. Mary

Teacher
Archbishop Curley High School

Teacher and Assistant Principal
Archbishop Curley High School

Teacher and Assistant Principal
St. Francis High School

Principal
Cardinal O'hara High School

Priest
Diocese of Buffalo

Teacher
Bishop Turner High School

Teacher
Villa Maria College

Chaplain
Tara Council

Affiliations

Voting Member
Archbishop Curley High School

Web References (23 Total References)


Father Michael Kolodziej, 69 ...

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Father Michael Kolodziej, 69 is accused of sexually abusing a student while he was a teacher at a catholic school in Baltimore, MD.

The victim claims Kolodziej abused him several times all while the father wrestled him. The alleged incidents happened between 1975 to 1979.
Kolodziej was ordained into the priesthood through the Diocese of Buffalo in 1970 and over the next 18 years he served in many roles in Western New York including hospital chaplain, associate pastor and school director at St. Mary of Sorrows church in Buffalo. He was a teacher at Bishop Turner High School and Villa Maria College in Buffalo until he entered the franciscan order in 1974.
Kolodziej was also a teacher and assistant principal at St. Francis High School and principal at Cardinal O'hara High School.
The allegations from Baltimore have prompted the Buffalo Diocese to take action and release this statement,
"We are now following our Diocesan policies to determine whether there are any issues arising from his tenure as a priest of our diocese. We have posted the information on our website and requested anyone with knowledge about father Kolodziej to contact us."
The Diocese of Buffalo is asking anyone who has any knowledge of child sexual abuse by clergy or other church personnel to call their confidential hotline: 716-895-3010. You can also find a link on our website wkbw.com under newslinks.
Father Kolodziej has been suspended from his current assignment at a church in Georgia while police investigate.


Statement Regarding Fr. Michael Kolodziej, OFM Conv.

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The Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, and Archbishop Curley High School have received an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor by Fr. Michael Kolodziej (kuh-low-jay), OFM Conv. Father Kolodziej is a member and former Minister Provincial of the Order, which has staffed Archbishop Curley High School since its founding.

Father Kolodziej, age 69, was a teacher at Archbishop Curley High School from 1975-79. A former student from this time period has alleged that he was abused on several occasions while Fr. Kolodziej wrestled him. Archbishop Curley High School reported the allegation immediately to authorities, and the police were promptly informed; the School, the Order, and the Archdiocese, which owns Archbishop Curley High School, are cooperating fully with authorities. The Order has suspended Fr. Kolodziej from all public ministry and the Archbishop has withdrawn Fr. Kolodziej's faculties to function as a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Order, and Archbishop Curley High School are unaware of any other allegations of misconduct against Fr. Kolodziej during his time at Archbishop Curley High School.
Fr. Kolodziej was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Buffalo in 1970 and served in Buffalo as a hospital chaplain (1970), associate pastor and school director at St. Mary of Sorrows Church (1970-71), and teacher at Bishop Turner High School and Villa Maria College (1971-74) until he entered the Franciscan Order in 1974. After serving at Archbishop Curley High School, Fr. Kolodziej served as teacher and assistant principal at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, NY (1979-82), principal at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, NY (1982-88), pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Lawrence, MA (1988-91), rector at St. Stanislaus Basilica in Chicopee, MA (1991-2001), Minister Provincial of the Order in Ellicott City, MD (2001-2010), and parochial vicar at St. Philip Benizi Parish in Jonesboro, GA from 2010 until his recent suspension.


Archbishop Curley High School - School Board

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Fr. Michael Kolodziej, OFM Conv.


Diocese News

wnycatholic.org [cached]

The priest who is the subject of the statement, Father Michael Kolodziej, OFM Conv., was a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo from his ordination in 1970 until 1974, and was stationed here by the Franciscan Order from 1979 until 1988.

The Diocese of Buffalo is committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. Anyone who has any knowledge of child sexual abuse is urged to come forward, and to report it immediately to the police. If clergy or other Church personnel are suspected of committing the abuse, please also call this confidential hotline: 716-895-3010 or email maryann.deibel-braun@ccwny.org
The Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, and Archbishop Curley High School have received an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor by Fr. Michael Kolodziej (kuh-low-jay), OFM Conv. Father Kolodziej is a member and former Minister Provincial of the Order, which has staffed Archbishop Curley High School since its founding.
Father Kolodziej, age 69, was a teacher at Archbishop Curley High School from 1975-79. A former student from this time period has alleged that he was abused on several occasions while Fr. Kolodziej wrestled him. Archbishop Curley High School reported the allegation immediately to authorities, and the police were promptly informed; the School, the Order, and the Archdiocese, which owns Archbishop Curley High School, are cooperating fully with authorities. The Order has suspended Fr. Kolodziej from all public ministry and the Archbishop has withdrawn Fr. Kolodziej's faculties to function as a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.


Untitled Document

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Fr. Michael Kolodziej Chaplain (770) 478-0178 FrMKolodziej@stphilipbenizi.org

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