Regarding Fr. Loren O'dea

By Joe Kohn
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit
October 6, 2012

Effective Friday, October 5, 2012, Fr. Loren O’Dea, 83, a senior (retired) priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, has been placed on an administrative leave of absence and restricted from any public ministry.

The Detroit archdiocese, after consultation with the Archdiocesan Review Board, deemed substantive two allegations of sexual misconduct with minors involving Fr. O’Dea which date back just prior to his ordination. Information about the allegations, which was received in recent weeks, was turned over to civil authorities.

The Archdiocese of Detroit commissioned an investigation that found the complaints to be of sufficient substance to require the placement of restrictions on Fr. O’Dea prohibiting him from performing any public ministry or presenting himself as a priest.

Information on archdiocesan policies and procedures regarding these matters is available on the Protecting Children page.To inform the archdiocese of complaints involving sexual abuse of minors by clergy or church personnel and/or to speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator contact: 866-343-8055.

Biographical information


Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit

St. John Provincial Seminary, Plymouth

Wayne State University, Detroit

Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit

1993 Ordained

1993 Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington

1997 Senior (retired) status

2012 Administrative Leave of Absence








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