Former Priest Accused of Abuse at Sault Ste. Marie Church

The Diocese of Lansing say a former Upper Peninsula priest has been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor.

They say Terrance Healy has credible accusations of sexually abusing a minor while he was clergy.

Before going to the Diocese of Lansing in 1982, Healy was part of the Diocese of Marquette.

“I’m always deeply saddened to hear that people have been harmed by priests,” said Bishop John Doerfler, Diocese of Marquette.

The Diocese of Marquette says some of these alleged incidents happened at St. Joseph Church in Sault Ste. Marie.

Healy was assigned to St. Joseph’s from 1969 to 1974, that’s allegedly when some of the abuse happened.

“I want to offer on behalf of the church, a very sincere apology to those who have been harmed,” said Bishop Doerfler.

The current Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette wasn’t around when these allegations first came to light in 1996, but says he takes these matters seriously.

“If anyone has been harmed, please go to the civil authorities, the attorney general has a hotline,” said Bishop Doerfler.

Attorney General Dana Nessel has been investigating clergy sexual abuse, and in a statement, her office says she welcomes this transparency and “will continue to work on our own efforts to pursue justice for the victims of clergy abuse.”

“The Diocese of Marquette has been engaged in very robust efforts to prevent clergy sex abuse and to make sure that any clergy who have harmed young people are permanently removed from ministry,” said Bishop Doerfler.

Healy was removed in 1987, and dismissed from the clergy in 1992.

Anyone who has been abused in the diocese is urged to contact Michigan’s Attorney General Office to report the abuse.

A toll-free reporting hotline, (844) 324-3374, is available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or you can email aginvestigations@michigan.gov.