Archdiocese Sanctions Retired Priest over Sex Allegations

By Mark Hicks
Detroit News
September 17, 2013

A retired area priest has been restricted from public ministry after an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor dating back to the early years of his service in the Archdiocese of Detroit, officials said Tuesday.

Details of the allegation involving Rev. Louis Grandpre, 79, were not released Tuesday, but the archdiocese said its review board deemed the report “substantive” and authorities were notified.

Grandpre has been retired since 2003, the archdiocese said. Ordained in 1961, he was on the faculty at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit; served at Detroit’s Epiphany Parish and Dearborn’s St. Alphonsus Parish in the 1960s; and was a longtime pastor at St. Ives Parish in Southfield as well as St. Paul of Tarsus Parish in Clinton Township, according to biographical information the archdiocese released.

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