Priest who served in 17 Detroit-area communities accused of sexual abuse years after death


DETROIT, MI – More than a decade after the death of a priest who served over 40 years in 17 wards in the Detroit area, the Archdiocese of Detroit has investigated an allegation of sexual abuse against the clergyman and found credible.

The allegation of molesting a minor came years after the death of Rev. David West in 2004, according to the Archdiocese of Detroit.

“The Archdiocese of Detroit does not set deadlines or deadlines for reporting sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons and other staff,” announced the regional representative of the Catholic Church.

The complaint was “presented to the archdiocese’s examination board, examined and found to be credible,” the archdiocese announced.

West was ordained in 1964 and served in various capacities in 17 different wards in southeast Michigan.

He was pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington; Our Queen of Peace in Harper Woods; St. Anastasia in Troy; St. Andrew in Rochester; St. Dennis at Royal Oak; St. Jeanne d’Arc in St. Clair Shores; St. Matthew in Detroit; Our Lady Star of the Sea at Grosse Pointe Woods; St. Agatha at Redford; St. James in Ferndale and St. Louise de Marillac in Warren.

West was also administrator at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Temperance; St. Aidan in Livonia; Basil the Great at Eastpointe; St. Joseph in Maybee; St. Mel in Dearborn Heights; St. Michael in Livonia and St. Victor in Rockwood.

The priest was taught at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, was a minister at Wayne State University, and a chaplain at Bishop Gallagher High School in Harper Woods.

The archdiocese said complaints of abuse could be reported to a victim assistance coordinator at 866-343-8055 or [email protected]


Dusty Kennedy