Assignment Record Rev. David F. West

Summary of Case: David F. West was ordained for the Detroit archdiocese in 1963. He worked in a number of parishes, and as a seminary faculty member and campus minister. He spent 1976-77 in the Lansing diocese on staff at a University of MI, Ann Arbor, student chapel. He died in April 2004. In December 2015 the archdiocese announced that they had received a credible allegation that West sexually abused a male minor in the 1970s.


Born: December 23, 1938
Ordained: December 16, 1963
Died: April 23, 2004



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Detroit archbishop was John Francis Dearden (1958-1980).

1968 St. Dennis'

Royal Oak

MI 4/4, 3/4

St. Dennis' had a school with 613-455 boys and 615-457 girls.


1972 St. Matthew's Detroit MI 4/4, 3/3 St. Matthew's had a school with 1,034-900 students.


1973 Diocesan Offices Detroit MI   The 1973 Directory indexes West as at 305 Michigan Ave.
1973 1976 Sacred Heart Seminary College Detroit MI Dean of Students  


Lansing bishop was Kenneth Joseph Povish (1975-1995).

1977 St. Mary's Student Chapel Ann Arbor MI 2/3 This was a chapel for University of MI students, faculty and staff.


Detroit archdiocese

1978       Campus Ministry The 1978 Directory indexes West as "Campus Ministry," but does not indicate where. He is not listed at his previous assignment in Lansing.


Dearden was succeeded by Edmund Casimir Szoka (1981-1990).

1982 Our Lady Queen of Peace Harper Woods MI 2/3, 2/5 Our Lady Queen of Peace had a school with 610-592 students.
1982 1985 St. James Ferndale MI 1/1  
1985 1989 St. Louise Warren MI 1/2, 1/1  
1989 1990 St. Anastasia Troy MI 2/2; In residence.  


Adam Joseph Maida replaced Szoka as Detroit archbishop (1990-2009).

1991         West is not indexed in the 1991 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages at his previous or next assignments.
1991 1992 Our Lady Star of the Sea Grosse Pointe MI 1/2 Our Lady Star of the Sea had a grade school with 425 students, and a high school with 133 students.
1992 1997 SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary Orchard Lake MI faculty  
1997 1999 Our Lady of Sorrows Farmington MI 2/5 Our Lady of Sorrows had a school with 785-909 students, and a CCD program with 491-547 students.
1999 2002         West is not indexed in the 2000-2002 Directories, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.
2002 2003 St. Michael's Livonia MI 1/1; Administrator

St. Michael's had a school with 837 students, and a CCD program with 175 students.

West is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory. He died April 23, 2004. (The Necrology section of the 2005 Directory misidentifies West as "John H." West. John H. West was another priest in the Detroit archdiocese, apparently ordained in 1980. John H. West is not indexed beyond the the 2004 Directory. shows John West to have died April 14, 2005.)


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-2005)

Regarding Father David West, By Joe Kohn, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, December 03, 2015
Priest Who Died in "04 Now Called a Child Sex Abuser, By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, December 7, 2015
Late Michigan priest with Temperance ties named child sex abuser, By Jonathan Keilholz, 13 ABC, December 8, 2015
Child Sex Abuse Allegation Against Late Priest Deemed ‘Credible’, CBS Detroit, December 8, 2015
Popular Priest Who Served in 20 Area Parishes Found to Be a Child Sex Abuser, Deadline Detroit, December 8, 2015
Priest Who Served in 17 Detroit-area Communities Accused of Sexual Abuse Years after Death, By Khalil AlHajal, MLive, December 8, 2015

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This assignment record was last updated on December 11, 2015.