Rev. Terrence Healy

Summary of Case: A priest of the Marquette diocese, Healy was transferred in 1980 to the diocese of Lansing, after a two year leave of absence. Healy was convicted in 1988 of "sexual misconduct" involving minors. He spent 4 1/2 years in jail. He was laicized in 1992 and died January 1, 2019.  

: 1969
Laicized: 1992
Died: January 1, 2019


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Marquette bishop was Charles Alexander K. Salatka (1968-1977)

1974 St. Joseph's

Sault Ste. Marie

MI 2/3, 2/2 St. Joseph's had a school with 135-130 boys and 146-126 girls.
1974 1977 St. Ignatius Loyola Houghton MI 2/2  
1974 1977 St. Mary's Hermansville MI In residence. This was a mission of St. Ignatius Loyola in Houghton.
1977 1978 St. Peter's Cathedral Marquette MI 4/4 In residence.  
1978 1980 Absent on Leave        


Lansing bishop was Kenneth Joseph Povish (1975-1995)

1983 Holy Family Grand Blanc MI 2/2 In residence. Holy Family had a school with 544-482 students.
1983 1984 St. Francis of Assisi Ann Arbor MI 3/3 St. Francis had a school with 490 students.
1984 1985 St. Joseph's St. John's MI 2/2 St. Joseph's had a school with 325 students.
    St. John the Baptist Howell MI pastor This assignment is per this parish's church history.
1985 1987 Holy Family


Healy was accused in 1987 of child sexual abuse. He pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual misconduct involving minors.

MI 1/1

Healy is not indexed beyond the 1987 Directory.


 1987           Healy spent 4 1/2 years in prison, after having gone to treatment in Washington D.C.

He was laicized in 1992. 

Healy died January 1, 2019.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-1987)

Parents Say Catholic Church Covered up Priest's Pedophilia, By Mount Clemens, United Press International, January 3, 1988
Churches Take Steps to Prevent Sex Abuse, By Hayes Lori, Lansing State Journal, March 8, 2002
Bishop: Scandal Will Bring Change, By Martin Tim, Lansing State Journal, April 25, 2002
St. John the Baptist Church website, Howell MI
Former Marquette Diocese priest on list of those credibly accused of abuse, By Nicole Walton, WNMU-FM, September 29, 2019   

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This assignment record was last updated on May 22, 2021.