Rev. Alfred Willis

Ordained: 1976


Sued 2003. Accused of abuse in 1970s. One suit settled 2004 for $170,000. At least two suits pending 4/06. Diocese placed him on leave in 1980 and laicized in 1985. Named in new suit filed 3/07. Diocese fought to exclude conduct in prior abuse instances from pending trial on 2004 suit but judge allowed admission of the evidence 6/07. Willis previously settled with this plaintiff. Mistrial declared 6/07. New trial begins 11/26/07. Another case settled 2/08 for $170,000.

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

Dec. 1975

Bishop of Burlington was John Aloysius Marshall (1971-1991)

June 1976 St. Anthony's


Parents of boys from St. Anthony's complained in 1978 to to the bishop that Willis had molested their sons.



In May 1975 Willis became a deacon. He was ordained as a priest in June 1976.
1976 1979 St. Augustine's Montpelier

Accused of having sexually abused a 16 year old boy in 1977 in a hotel room in Latham N.Y., and attempting abuse of the same boy later that year in Derby, VT. (Associated Press, carried in WVEC [Vermont]
June 22, 2007)

3/4, 2/3

Pastor was Rev. Joseph E. Campbell. Second priest 1976-1977 was John L. Gagnon, and fourth priest was Leo J. Racine. Third priest after Campbell and Willis 1977-1979 was James F. Foley.

Parish had a school with 165-145 students.
1979 1980 St. Ann's


Willis was transferred to St. Ann's, with the bishop not informing the pastor, nor anyone else, of the accusations against Willis. (Rutland Herald [Vermont]
July 1, 2007)

Parents of several St. Ann's altar boys went to VT State's Attorney in 1979 with complaints that Willis had sexually abused their sons. (Times Argus [Vermont]
June 17, 2007) The State's Attorney and other prosecutors then met with Bishop Marshall.

VT 2/2

Pastor was Rev. Philip R. LaMothe.


1980 1981 Missionhurst Retreat Center Arlington VA   On sick leave (Rutland Herald [Vermont]
July 1, 2007)
1981 ? Via Coeli Albuquerque NM  

On sick leave

Via Coeli was a treatment clinic. (Rutland Herald [Vermont]
July 1, 2007)

1981 1985 Unassigned




No longer appears in Directories after 1985.

Defrocked in 1985 (Rutland Herald [Vermont]
July 1, 2007)

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1977-1985).

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