Fr. Joseph W. Kenshol

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Grand Rapids MI

Accused in a 1995 civil suit of giving adolescent boys full body oil massages in the rectory of Sacred Heart Parish. Claims were later settled for undisclosed amount after underlying suits were dismissed by Court and Appeals Court. Diocese said behavior was “immature and inappropriate, indicating poor judgment but nothing more.” He was allowed to return to ministry. Still active as of 1/11, per Grand Rapids website.

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