New: Providence Diocese Suspends Priest for Sexual Misconduct

February 25, 2013

The Providence Diocese has announced that the Rev. Monsignor John Allard was placed on administrative leave for alleged misconduct.

The Diocese of Providence has just announced that it has placed the Rev. Monsignor John Allard on administrative leave following a “credible allegation” of sexual misconduct of a minor that reportedly took place more than 30 years ago.

“Monsignor Allard has taken responsibility for his actions and has expressed his profound remorse for the harm he has caused,” the Diocese said.

Allard had been pastor of both the St. Agatha and Precious Blood Parishes in Woonsocket and has been replaced, at least temporarily, with the Rev. Wilfred Gregoire

The Diocese said that this is the “first and only known allegation of abuse” relative to Allard and the matter has been referred to the Rhode Island State Police.

“Allegations of abuse, even if they occurred many years ago, are taken very seriously and acted upon in accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and diocesan policy,” Bishop Thomas Tobin said.“For the many who are affected by this heartbreaking news, I offer my prayers for healing and forgiveness.”


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