Fr. Sylvester F. Brown

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Winona-Rochester MN

Following a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bishop Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Brown’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. List updated 06/23/14 to show that there were at least two allegations against him known by Diocese as early as 1985. He asked a minor male and an adult male to expose genitals under pretext of checking their development. Similar allegations made in 1992, 2003 and 2013 for 1963-71. He died 1/6/10. Added to Stockton diocese’s list in 11/20, where he had faculties 10/1/08-10/6/08.


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