Phila. priest removed from ministry on sex abuse claim


October 9, 2020

By Matthew Gambino

Father William E. Dean, 70, has been removed from ministry due to an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the late 1970s.

The allegation was deemed credible by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Nelson Pérez decided that the priest, ordained in 1976, is unsuitable for ministry.

For the past eight years Father Dean had been serving as chaplain at Camilla Hall, the nursing home for retired and ill Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Malvern.

The archdiocese announced the decision in a statement Friday afternoon, Oct. 9.

The allegation surfaced in October 2019 as part of the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program, citing abuse by Father Dean at SS. Philip and James Parish in Exton.

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