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Archdiocese Removes 83-Year-Old Priest From Ministry After Credible Allegations Of Sexual Abuse

The allegations date back to the early years of his ministry

October 10, 2018 - 10:26 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Credible allegations of sexual abuse against a priest within the metro Detroit area have been reported to law enforcement according to a release by the Archdiocese of Detroit. 

The statement says that 83-year-old Robert Witkowski, a retired priest, has been added to the archdiocese's list of clergy credibly accused of abuse. The allegations date back to his early years of his ministry.

It is not known when the allegations were first made to anyone within any of the eight churches in and around Detroit he has worked since 1961. 

Anyone who has been abused should contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Line at (866) 343-8055 or visit This website also contains information on removed clergy, reporting protocols, archdiocesan policies and practices.

In addition to working as a hospital chaplain, Fr. Witkowski was in parishes as an associate pastor, a pastor, and an administrator from 1961 to 2013.

Biographical Information:

1961: Ordained                                         

2013: Senior Priest Status (Retired)         

2018: Restricted from Public Ministry       


1991 - 2013: St. Faustina, Warren (merger: St. Edmund/St. Sylvester)                

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