Former Immaculate Conception Priest “Unsuitable for Ministry”

The former Immaculate Conception B.V.M. on Emilie Road in Bristol Township. Photo by Justin Goodhart, Dec. 2019.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has found a Catholic priest who served at churches in Levittown and Yardley unsuitable for ministry. An investigation found allegations of abuse of a minor almost three decades ago were credible.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph Logrip faced suspension this past January after an accusation from the early 1980s emerged. Now, almost one year later, the Archdiocese stated Sunday the accusations were substantiated.

Monsignor Logrip worked at Saint Ignatius in Yardley from 1972 through 1974. Decades later, he served Immaculate Conception B.V.M. on Bristol Emilie Road in Levittown from 2000 to 2007.

Logrip, now 74 years old, would have been in his late 30s during the alleged abuse. The victim made their report in late 2018, according to the archdiocese.

In March 2011, a Philadelphia Grand Jury Report included an accusation against Logrip. The report alleged “he had sexually abused a minor over two decades before that time.”

The Archdiocesan Professional Responsibilities Review Board (APRRB) investigated. In 2014, it found the accusation was “unsubstantiated,” and found Logrip was suitable for ministry.

“It (APRRB) is composed of 12 men and women, both Catholic and non-Catholic, who possess extensive professional experience in investigation, prosecution, child abuse prevention, victim services, and the treatment of sexual offenders,” according to the Church. More information on the members is available here.

Logrip went on to become a chaplain at Camilla Hall in Chester County, a retirement home for female religious from 2014 until 2019. He also served at Saint Peter Parish, West Brandywine from 2017 to 2019.

Immaculate Conception B.V.M. merged with Queen of the Universe Parish in 2014. Two years later, Queen sold the church to a Muslim cultural society. The new owners have removed religious symbols, statues, and signage, but the building appears unused.