Lansing Diocese Releases Names of Priests Accused of Abusing Minors Since 1937

Sep 27, 2019

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing has released the names of 17 priests believed to have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor since 1937.


The diocese noted that the term “credible allegation” that one or more of the following points were a factor:

  • The Diocesan Review Board, the Bishop of Lansing determined the allegation was credible.
  • The accused admitted the allegation or it resulted in a criminal conviction.
  • The accused was removed from the ministry or it resulted in a civil settlement with the accused or the Diocese.

According to the Diocese of Lansing, here is the list of priests accused of abusing a minor between 1937-2019. The term “laicized” means they have lost the clerical state. They can no longer conduct sacred ministry in the Church and they are no longer financially supported by the Church.:

Diocese of Lansing clergy permanently removed from ministry:

Aubin, Joseph Emile 
Ordained – 1961
Senior Priest Status – 6/26/02
Removal from public ministry - 11/15/2018

Crowley, Timothy
Ordained for the Congregation of the Holy Ghost – 1976
Incardinated to Diocese of Lansing – 1982
Removed from ministry – 7/15/02
Laicized - 6/26/15

DeLorenzo, Vincent Anthony (multiple allegations against him)
Ordained – 1965
Removed from ministry – 1/23/02
Laicization pending

Guoan, Paul James (multiple allegations against him)
Ordained – 1987
Removed from ministry – 3/11/02
Laicized - 6/26/15

Healy, Terrence M (multiple allegations against him)
Ordained for Diocese of Marquette – 1968
Incardinated to Diocese of Lansing – 1985
Removed from ministry - 9/4/87
Laicized - 6/12/92

Kelly, Michael Robert
Ordained – 1976
Left active ministry - 12/1/83 
Laicized - 2/9/92

Novak, James Martin (multiple allegations against him)
Ordained – 1957
Senior Priest status - 6/25/97
Removed from ministry – 11/25/02
Laicization pending

Diocese of Lansing deceased clergy: 

Lee, James William Jr (multiple allegations against him)
Ordained – 1948
Senior Priest status - 10/15/84
Died - 1/25/92

Lesniak, Marian John
Ordained – 1950
Senior Priest status - 10/3/02
Died - 10/9/2011

Martin, John Edward 
Ordained – 1918
Senior Priest status - 6/15/66 
Died - 11/9/68

Slowey, John Donald (multiple allegations against him)
Ordained – 1940
1/13/83: Died

Tomaszewski, Chester Vincent
Ordained – 1959
Sick Leave - 1/15/87
Died - 10/21/87

Wyszynski, Darius
Ordained for Assumption BVM Franciscan Province, Wisconsin – 1958
Incardinated to Diocese of Lansing - 1970
Senior Priest Status - 11/5/07
Died - 2/17/2013

Clergy of other dioceses – that had a credible allegation of sexual abuse during their time in the Diocese of Lansing:

Jason Sigler (multiple allegations against him)
Ordained for Archdiocese of Winnipeg – 1966
Dates present in Diocese – 1968-1970; 1974
Laicized – 2/23/99

Religious Order clergy with a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor during their time in the Diocese of Lansing: 

Boardway, Alphonse O.F.M. Conv, Our Lady of Consolation Province 
Ordination - 1967
Died – 1997

McHugh, Joseph, CSSp, Irish Province (multiple allegations against him)
Ordination - 1958
Dates present in Diocese – 1974-1976
Died – 9/25/07

Rapp, James, OSFS Toledo-Detroit Province (multiple allegations against him)
Ordination
Dates present in Diocese - 1981 – 1986
Laicization – 9/21/09