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Former Michiana priests named in Lansing Diocese credibly accused priest list

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing released a list of priests who were credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor on Friday. Five of the priests worked in parishes in southwest Michigan, including Benton Harbor, Niles, Dowagiac and Three Rivers.

James Martin Novak

Ordained – 1957
Senior Priest status - 6/25/97
Removed from ministry – 11/25/02
Laicization pending

Assignments

  • St John the Evangelist, Jackson – Parochial Vicar
  • St Luke, Flint – Parochial Vicar
  • St John, Benton Harbor – Parochial Vicar
  • St Ann, Cassopolis – Pastor
  • Office of Catholic Education, Lansing Catholic Central High School
  • St Agnes, Fowlerville – Parochial Administrator
  • St Joseph, Owosso – Pastor
  • St Therese, Lansing – Pastor
  • St Mary, Westphalia – Pastor


James William Lee Jr (deceased)

Ordained – 1948
Senior Priest status - 10/15/84
Died - 1/25/92

Assignments

  • St John, Benton Harbor – Parochial Vicar
  • Resurrection, Lansing – Parochial Vicar
  • St John the Evangelist, Jackson – Parochial Vicar
  • St James, Mason - Pastor
  • Our Lady of the Pines, Nevis, Minnesota – In-Residence
  • St Alice, Plainview, TX – In-Residence
  • St Dominic, Clinton – Pastor
  • Holy Family Grand Blanc – Parochial Vicar
  • St Joseph, Ypsilanti – Pastor
  • St Peter, Blissfield - Parochial Administrator


John Donald Slowey (deceased)

Ordained – 1940
1/13/83: Died

Assignments

  • Holy Maternity, Dowagiac – Parochial Vicar
  • St Michael, Flint
  • Percy Jones Army Hospital, Battle Creek – Chaplain
  • St Charles, Coldwater – Parochial Vicar
  • St Louis University – student
  • Catholic University – student
  • St Casimir, Lansing – Parochial Vicar
  • St Vincent Home for Children – Director
  • St Mary, Niles – Pastor


Chester Vincent Tomaszewski (deceased)

Ordained – 1959
Sick Leave - 1/15/87
Died - 10/21/87

Assignments

  • Holy Redeemer, Flint (Burton) – Parochial Vicar
  • St Joseph, Watervliet – Parochial Vicar
  • St Mary, Paw Paw – Parochial Vicar
  • St John the Evangelist, Davison – Parochial Vicar
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Michigan Center – Parochial Vicar
  • St Mary, Bronson - Parochial Vicar
  • St Ann, Cassopolis – Pastor
  • St Stanislaus, Detroit – Parochial Vicar
  • St Paul, Owosso – Parochial Vicar
  • St Stanislaus, Bay City – Parochial Vicar
  • SS Charles & Helena, Clio – Parochial Vicar
  • St Anthony of Padua, Hillsdale – Parochial Vicar
  • St Dominic, Clinton – Pastor
  • St Joseph, Ypsilanti – Pastor


Darius Wyszynski (deceased)

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

Assignments

  • St Stanislaus, Wyandotte – Parochial Vicar
  • St Mary, Green Bay, Wisconsin – Parochial Vicar
  • Immaculate Conception, Three Rivers – Parochial Vicar
  • St John the Evangelist, Jackson – Parochial Vicar
  • St Philip, Battle Creek – Parochial Vicar
  • St Michael, Flint – Parochial Vicar
  • St Leo, Flint – Parochial Vicar
  • St Joseph, Ypsilanti – Pastor
  • St Stanislaus Kostka, Jackson – Pastor

The Diocese of Kalamazoo released the following statement regarding the Diocese of Lansing’s announcement:

Today, the Diocese of Lansing published a list of the names of priests with credible allegations of inappropriate conduct with minors. Some of those named served in parishes that are now part of this Diocese, which was established on July 21, 1971. For more information, please see the website of the Diocese of Lansing. Anyone with information concerning misconduct is encouraged to call the reporting number of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office at (844) 324-3374.

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