Detroit: Former St. Alphonsus Priest Accused of Sex with a Minor

By Joe Slezak
Press & Guide
September 18, 2013

The Rev. Louis Grandpre

DETROIT — The Archdiocese of Detroit has restricted a former priest at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Dearborn from public ministry because of an allegation against him of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The Rev. Louis Grandpre, 79, served at St. Alphonsus, 7469 Calhoun, as a weekend assistant in 1965 and ’66, according to biographical information released by the archdiocese Tuesday.

The archdiocese said that the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office was notified, and the “Archdiocesan Review Board has deemed the allegation substantive.” As of Wednesday morning, there was no case record for Grandpre on the Wayne County Circuit Court website. Felony cases still in the county’s district courts also are on the site.

The archdiocese said the alleged incident happened in his early years as a priest. It gave no additional information about the allegation.

Grandpre was ordained in 1961 and retired in 2003, becoming a senior priest. In addition to St. Alphonsus, he was a weekend assistant at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Algonac and St. Ives in Southfield, associate pastor at Epiphany in Detroit, pastor at St. Ives and St. Paul of Tarsus in Clinton Township and a faculty member at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit.

The archdiocese’s policies on related matters are at To tell the archdiocese about allegations involving sexual abuse of minors by clergy or church personnel, call its victim assistance coordinator at 1-866-343-8055.



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