Fr. Donald A. Desilets
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA
Desilets was disciplined by the Diocesan Misconduct Commission and barred from public ministry in the early 1990s after he allegedly molested two boys at Precious Blood Church in Holyoke. He was allowed to retire and join the Sulpician Fathers in Montreal to help prepare young men for the priesthood. He died 4/28/01. One claim was settled in 2004 and another in 2008 as part of larger settlements. Included on the diocese’s list in 3/16.
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