March 17, 2003
SHERLOCK'S MOVEMENTS The following is a rough chronology of the placements of J. Alexander Sherlock, a Montgomery native who, while a Catholic priest, sexually abused at least three children, according to statements made Sunday by Mobile Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb. Ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1966. Assigned to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Dauphin and Claiborne streets in Mobile and taught at McGill-Toolen High School. Lived in Old Shell Road rectory of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Undertook graduate studies at Marquette University in Wisconsin. Returned to teaching at McGill-Toolen. Assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Chickasaw in 1977. About six years later, was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Boykin Boulevard in Mobile. Assigned to Saint Pius X Catholic Church on South Sage Avenue in Mobile. Assigned to St. Peter's Catholic Church in Montgomery in the summer of 1997. Resigned from St. Peter's Feb. 28, 2003. Early March 2003: Sherlock's successor tells members of St. Peter's that he left for health reasons. March 16, 2003: Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb tells St. Peter's parishioners that Sherlock resigned because he had a history of sexually abusing children. Sources: Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb and the Very Rev. Michael L. Farmer, chancellor of the Mobile archdiocese.
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