Rev. Alfred R. Desrosiers

Summary of Case: Desrosiers accused of molesting one 15 yr old girl in 1972 and one in 1975-76 in two separate civil suits filed in 1994. Criminal trial was scheduled for fall, 1997 but portions were appealed to RI Supreme Court as of 4/98.. Claims against this priestwere settled 9/02 as part of $13.5M mass settlement involving 36 victims of priest abuse in Providence Diocese and allegations against 11 priests and a nun. Died 2/15/01.

Ordained: June 25, 1961

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Bishop of Providence was Russell McVinney (1948-1971)

1962 St. Jean Baptiste (French) Warren RI


Pastor was Rev. Albert A. Leveille

St. Jean's had a school with 140 boys and 145 girls.
1962 1971 Holy Family (French) Woonsocket RI

4/4, 3/4, 2/3, 2/4

Pastor was Msgr. Stephen Grenier 1962-1069, replace by Rev. Maurice L. Hazebrouck, through Desrosiers' time at Holy Family. Rev. Zenon B. St. Laurent was second priest listed 1962-1964, replaced by Rev. Emile A. Robert 1964-1969. Desrosiers was listed second 1969-1971. Third priest 1962-1968 was Rev. Rene E. Gagne, succeeded in 1968-1969 by Desrosiers in the third spot, and by Rev. Joseph Daniello 1969-1971. Listed as fourth priest 1968-1969 was Rev. Edward G. St. Godard and in 1970-1971 Rev. Thomas J. Trepanier was fourth.

Holy Family had a school with 283-127 boys and 293-141 girls.


Bishop of Providence was Louis E. Gelineau (1971-1997).


St. Joan's



Accused of sexual abuse of a 15 year old female parishioner, beginning in 1972 (Providence Journal Bulletin, March 9, 1994).


Accused in the 1990s of having sexually abused a 16 year old girl at St. Joan's in 1976 (Providence Journal-Bulletin
March 18, 1994).


2/2, 2/3, 1/1

Desrosiers worked under Rev. Adrien R. Menard 1971-1974, was the lone priest 1975-1976, then worked under Rev. Auguste J. Delvaux 1976-1978. In the third spot 1973-1975 was Rev. Mr. Edward S. Cardente, in 1976-1977 it was Rev. Mr. Roland L. Simoneau, and 1977-1978 Rev. Mr. Chester Gillis was third.

1978 1993 Our Lady of Victories (French)





1/2, 1/3

Desrosiers was pastor, and his assistant was Rev. Normand J. Deneault. During 1980-1983 Rev. William J. Raiche, Pastor Emeritus, is listed as "in residence".

Suspended from ministry in the spring of 1993, due to accusations of sexual abuse (Providence Journal-Bulletin
September 14, 1995).


Robert E. Mulvee replaced Gelineau as bishop (1997-2005)

1997 Absent on leave        
1997 1998 ?      

Not listed or indexed in the Official Catholic Directory

1998 2001 Retired       Died Feb. 15, 2001

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1962-2001).

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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