Effective October 9, 2018, Fr. Robert Witkowski, 83, a senior (retired) priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, has been restricted from any public ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. In addition, his name has been added to the Archdiocese’s list of clergy credibly accused of abuse.
The Archdiocesan Review Board has deemed credible allegations involving Fr. Witkowski, dating back to the early years of his ministry. The Detroit archdiocese shared the allegations with civil authorities. A further determination on the matter now involves a review process required under church (canon) law.
The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Line at (866) 343-8055 or visit protect.aod.org. This website also contains information on removed clergy, reporting protocols, archdiocesan policies and practices.
In addition to service as a hospital chaplain, Fr. Witkowski served in parishes as an associate pastor, a pastor, and an administrator from 1961 to 2013.
2013: Senior Priest Status (Retired)
2018: Restricted from Public Ministry
1991 - 2013: St. Edmund, Warren (later merged with St. Sylvester Parish to form St. Faustina Parish)
1985 - 1991: St. Raymond, Detroit
1981 - 1985: St. Lawrence, Utica
1980 - 1981: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
1976 - 1980: St. Mary Magdalen, Melvindale
1969 - 1975: Herman Kiefer/Detroit Osteopathic Hospitals, Detroit
1966 - 1969: Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Detroit
1961 - 1966: St. Matthew, Detroit