Assignment Record– Rev. Roland M. Lepire

Ordained: 1975

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1979 St. Aloyisius (French)


Transferred out of Woonsocket for sexual abuse of a boy in 1979 while at St. Aloyisius (Providence Journal, December 2, 2007).



Pastor was Rev. Leonard F. Charron.

1979 1980 St. Mary's (Italian)


Allegations surfaced in 1996 that Lepire abused a boy while at St. Mary's (Providence Journal-Bulletin, February 10, 1996).

• Lepire admitted in 1996 psychiatric evaluation to having touched four twelve year old boys at this parish, and that he told Bishop Gelineau (Providence Journal, December 2, 2007).



Pastor was Rev. Americo D. Lapati. Other priests were Rev. Raymond B. Bastia, Roland M. Lepire, Joseph R. Melino. In residence was Rev. Enrico F. Garzilli, Ph.D.

St. Mary's had a school with 113 boys and 133 girls.
1980 1980 Brothers of Jesus Crucified


Was moved out of St. Mary's on sick leave by Bishop Gelineau and to the Brothers of Jesus Christ Crucified for the summer, due to parish work causing "too much pressure" (Providence Journal, December 2, 2007).

1980 1986 St. Matthew's (French)

Central Falls

Accused of sexually abusing a 13 year old boy in 1981 (Thomas J. Tobin's Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Filed January 9, 2007; Also, Providence Journal, December 2, 2007).



Pastor was Rev. Donat N. Tremblay


1986 1991 St. Leo's Pawtucket RI


Lepire worked under Rev. Michael W. Dziob and Rev. Christopher M. Davenport.

St. Leo's had a school with 286-224 students.


Robert E. Mulvee replaced Gelineau as Bishop of Providence (1995- 2005).

1996 St. Vincent de Paul's (French)


• Lepire placed on administrative leave due to allegations from his time at St. Mary's (Providence Journal-Bulletin, February 10, 1996).



Lepire was only priest, assisted by Deacon Edward Sadowski, Jr. 1994-1996.

St. Vincent de Paul's had a school with 163-241 students.
1996 2002 Absent on leave      

After 2002, no longer appears in Official Catholic Directories.

Lepire was defrocked in 2004 (Providence Journal, December 2, 2007).

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1976-2002).

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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