Religious Order Priests Added to Detroit List of Accused, Removed Clergy

Jan 30, 2014
For more information contact:
Joe Kohn, Director of Public Relations

The Archdiocese of Detroit has added three names to its online listing of clergy accused of and/or removed from ministry due to sexual abuse of minors.  The three religious order priests were visiting and/or assigned to the Detroit archdiocese several decades ago.  Their cases are being– or have been– handled by church officials elsewhere.  

  • Fr. Timothy Conlon – a Crosier Father (OSC) reported to have spent the summer of 1977 helping at Sacred Heart Parish, Roseville prior to being ordained. Conlon, 65, is currently restricted from any public ministry.
  • Fr. John Farris – a Vincentian Father (CM) granted a leave of absence in 1969.  He lived at St. Barnabas Parish in East Detroit (Eastpointe) for several months.  Farris (1921-2003) is deceased.
  • Harry Walsh – a Redemptorist (CSsR) priest assigned to Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit in the mid-60s. He left Michigan in 1969 and incardinated into (joined) the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Walsh, 79, has been dismissed from the clerical state (laicized).

Questions regarding these cases should be directed to the individual’s religious order and/or archdiocese:

Crosier Fathers
Phoenix, Arizona

St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese
St. Paul, Minnesota

Denver, Colorado

Vincentian Fathers
Earth City, Missouri

To inform the Archdiocese of Detroit regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other Church personnel and/or to speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator contact: (866) 343-8055 | Information about child and youth protection programs in the archdiocese, including the online listing of clergy accused of abuse, is available at