Assignment Record– Rev. Ronald Dorsey, c.s.s.

Summary of Case: A Stigmatine priest ordained in 1956, Dorsey was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abused a 12-year-old boy in the 1950s in Massachusetts. He moved to Jallisco, Mexico in 1969, having apparently left the priesthood. He was involved in local parish and co-founded and directed Niños de Chapala, an organization its website says was established to assist underprivileged children and young adults with their educational needs. Dorsey died in July 2008.

Born: November 26, 1929
: 1956
Died: July 19, 2008


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Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1956 Stigmatine Fathers Seminary


Dorsey was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy, beginning when the boy was 12 years-old in about 1955, at Camp Wyoma in Hinsdale, MA.

MA seminarian  
1956 1969          
1969 1984 Escuela de Artesaniea Ajijic Jalisco, Mexico volunteer English teacher and principal Dorsey appears to have left the Stigmatines at some point. He moved in 1969 in the Chapala region of Jalisco, Mexico, where he lived until his death in 2008.
1969 2008 San Andreas Catholic Church Ajijic Jalisco, Mexico parishioner Dorsey reportedly was quite involved at this parish, including publishing the parish bulletin.
1974 1999 or so Niños de Chapala Ajijic and Chapala Jalisco, Mexico co-founder, director

Per its website in November 2010, Niños de Chapala is a charitable organization that "assists qualifying, needy children and young adults in the Lake Chapala area to achieve their maximum educational
potential... ."

Dorsey died July 19, 2008


Ronald Dorsey, Long-time Lakeside resident Ronald Dorsey passed away on Saturday, July 19 following a short illness , Guadalajara Reporter, August 2, 2008
Alleged Sexual Abuse Victim Suing Diocese: Leonard Claims Legal Action Is Only Way to Get Affirmation of 'Terrible Things That Happened', By Robert Cristo,
Troy Record, July 15, 2004
NCA (Los Ninos de Chapala y Ajijic A.C.),

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This assignment record was last updated on November 29, 2010.