The Wayne County Prosecutor announced a warrant charging Father Timothy Kane, who had been serving as associate pastor of St. Moses the Black Parish in Detroit (formerly Church of the Madonna, St. Benedict and St. Gregory the Great parishes), with six felony counts related to defrauding an Archdiocesan inner-city charitable program known as the Angel Fund. Effective last week, Father Kane, 57, was removed from ministry related to these charges.
To address this matter, the Archdiocese of Detroit has scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.
“We are extremely disappointed and discouraged that a generous source of support for those in dire need in the inner city, an effort known as the Angel Fund, could possibly fall victim to fraud by a member of our own clergy,” said Ned McGrath, Director of Communications. “We have been and will continue cooperating with law enforcement authorities and the Wayne County Prosecutor on this matter, which precludes us from commenting specifically on the case.”
The Angel Fund is a little-known charitable program of the Archdiocese of Detroit that has been funded exclusively by a single, anonymous donor family. Since 2005, the Angel Fund has granted more than $17 million to needy individuals and families in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. As it is funded by a single source, the Angel Fund is not supported by regular donations, such as weekend collections at parishes, the Catholic Services Appeal, or the Changing Lives Together capital campaign.
NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS
When: 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 11
Where: Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Enter the office doors off of the parking lot.
Who: The following representatives of the Archdiocese will be available: Bishop Donald Hanchon, Auxiliary Bishop of the Central Region; Msgr. Michael Bugarin, the Archbishop’s Delegate for Cases Involving Clergy Misconduct; Ned McGrath, Director of Communications
Details: Call the Archdiocesan Communications Department at 313-237-5943 or visit www.aodcommunications.org.
BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE OF FATHER TIMOTHY KANE
- Dec. 1982 – Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit
- 1982-1983 – Associate Pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Wyandotte
- 1983-1986 – Associate Pastor at Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson
- 1986-1992 – Chaplain at Bishop Borgess High School in Detroit
- 1988-2006 – Pastor at St. Rita Parish in Detroit
- 1992-1995 – Associate Director of Archdiocesan Priestly Vocations Office (While also at St. Rita)
- 2005-2006 – Pastor at St. Bartholomew Parish in Detroit (While assigned at St. Rita)
- 2006-2007 – Medical leave of absence
- Nov.- Dec. 2007 – Weekend assistant at St. Benedict, St. Gregory, Church of the Madonna in Detroit
- 2008-present – Associate Pastor at St. Benedict, St. Gregory, Church of the Madonna in Detroit* (*These three churches merged to form St. Moses the Black Parish in July 2013)
- Feb. 6, 2014 – Removed from ministry.