Assignment Record – Rev. Brion T. Ares

Summary of Case: Ares was a priest of the Worcester diocese, ordained in 1987. He was was indicted in late 1993 on charges of rape and indecent assault on a male youth who had gone to him for counseling. The case ended in a mistrial when the jury couldn't reach a verdict. Ares died in 1998.

: 1987


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Worcester bishop was Timothy Joseph Harrington (1983-1994)

1988 St. Mary's North Grafton MA 2/2  
1988 1991 St. Luke the Evangelist Westborough MA 1/3 St. Luke's had a religious education program with 650 students.
1991 1994 Our Lady Immaculate


Ares was indicted for rape and indecent assault on a male youth in Athol in 1994. The youth had gone to Ares for counseling. The incident is said to have happened during a night of drinking at the rectory. The case ended in a mistrial when the jury couldn't reach a verdict.

MA 2/2 Our Lady Immaculate had a religious education program with 733-356 students.
1991 1994 Our Lady Queen of Heaven South Royalston MA  

This was a mission of Our Lady Immaculate in Athol.

Ares is not indexed beyond the 1994 Directory. Ares died in 1998.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1988-1994)

Worcester Telegram and Gazette, October 28, 1994
Thou Shalt Not.........But some priests did—and the church didn't want to know, By Ellen O'Connor, Worcester Magazine
September 24, 1997
Victims of Abuse Are Asked to Report Possible Cover-Ups, By Kathleen Shaw, Telegram & Gazette, December 18, 2002
Ex-City Priest Arraigned for Assault, By Kathleen A. Shaw, Telegram & Gazette, August 28, 2003
Rev. Brion T. Ares,

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 19, 2013