Runaway Priests [See a list of articles in the series.]
Hiding in Plain Sight
The Wanderer

Dallas Morning News
June 23, 2004

Here are key dates in the global odyssey of Father Dominic, who has served as a priest in three countries since fleeing child molestation charges in London.


Full name: Yusaf Dominic
Possible aliases: Yousef Dominic, Yousaf Dominic, Yousuf Dominic, Joseph Dominic, and all of these in reverse; most recently known as Father Dominic Yousuf
Date of birth: June 22, 1950 (also claims birthdate of June 22, 1956)

1974 - He is ordained a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore, Pakistan.

Late 1970s - He begins periodic trips to London and does temporary church work in the Westminster Archdiocese.

Mid-1980s - Father Dominic studies in Rome and does temporary work in the New York City and London areas.

December 1996 - He is arrested while serving at a London church and charged with molesting two young boys years earlier at another parish in the Westminster Archdiocese. A fellow priest bails him out of jail. Church officials send him to a clergy treatment center in rural England.

Early 1997 - Father Dominic jumps bail and flies home to Pakistan. Recently, he told The Dallas Morning News that British authorities returned his passport to him when he got out of jail; authorities decline to comment.

Late 1990s - The priest moves to the New York area and applies, unsuccessfully, for church positions in the United States.

2000 or 2001 - Father Dominic returns to Pakistan and works at the Multan Diocese cathedral.

Summer 2002 - After going back to the New York area, the priest works in the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J.

Late 2003 to present - Father Dominic moves to northern Italy and works in the Diocese of Savona-Noli. He works as assistant pastor in Albissola Marina and leads a small parish in the nearby village of Ellera.




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