Bishop James S. Sullivan

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lansing MI

In 6/02, Sullivan, who had been Bishop of Fargo ND, was accused fondling a boy in 1966 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in East Lansing MI. The same plaintiff settled with the Christian Brothers in 1995 over abuse allegations against Br. Jeffrey Gregory. Sullivan denied the charges. The diocese said it did not believe the allegations because the man didn’t come forward sooner. Sullivan retired as Bishop of Fargo 3/18/02 after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. He died 6/12/06. On 7/2/21 the Dioceses of Lansing announced that the it had deemed credible allegations against Sullivan that he abused two boys, one ages 12-14 and the other ages 11- 12,  in the mid-1960s. The abuse took place at Church of the Resurrection in Lansing, where Sullivan was assigned.

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