Retired Priest, 79, Removed after Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

By Niraj Warikoo
Detroit Free Press
September 17, 2013

A Catholic priest has been removed from public ministry after a board determined that sexual misconduct allegations against him have substance, the Archdiocese of Detroit said today.

The allegations were forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, said Joe Kohn, spokesman for the Archdiocese.

Rev. Louis Granpre, 79, a senior retired priest with the Archdiocese of Detroit, is now prevented from serving as a priest or presenting himself as a priest, said Kohn.

“The Archdiocesan Review Board has deemed the allegation substantive,” said the Archdiocese of Detroit in a statement today.

Kohn would not comment on the nature of the allegations or when they occurred.

Granpre was a pastor in Southfield, Detroit, and Clinton Township. He also was once on the faculty at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and was an assistant in Algonac, Dearborn, and Southfield.

Ordained as a priest in 1961, Granpre became associate pastor at Epiphany Parish in Detroit and a weekend assistant at St. Alphonsus in Dearborn.

He was pastor at St. Ives in Southfield from 1974 to 1990. He then served at St. Paul of Tarsus in Clinton Township from 1990 until 2013.

A spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office did not comment today on the case.

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