Assignment Record – Bishop Thomas L. Dupre

Summary of Case: In February 2004 Dupre was accused by two men of sexually abusing them when they were children, in the mid- to late 1970s. One of the alleged victims, a refugee, was reportedly abused from ages 12 to 16, and the other from ages 15 to 20. Trips were taken out of state and to Canada, and abuse allegedly occurred on these trips. Dupre was also said to have plied the boys with alcohol, involved them in the purchase and use of pornography, and sometimes abused them together. During the time of the alleged abuse, Dupre became chancellor of the diocese. Before he was named auxiliary bishop in 1990, he reportedly called the victims to a meeting and said he would not accept the appointment unless they promised to be silent about the abuse. Dupre resigned in Feb. 2011, after he was confronted with the allegations. He went directly to a treatment facility, St. Luke's Institute in Maryland, where he stayed for a number of years. He was last known to be living in a Washington D.C. retirement home.


Born: Nov. 10, 1933
Ordained
: May 23, 1959
Resigned: Feb. 11, 2004


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1959

Springfield bishop was Christopher Joseph Weldon (1950-1977)

1964 St. George Chicopee MA assistant  
1964 1967 Catholic University Washington DC students  
1966 1970 St. Joseph's Springfield MA    
1967 1977 Diocesan Tribunal Springfield MA Defenders of the Bond, Procurators and Advocates  
1970 1973 St. John the Baptist Ludlow MA 2/2 St. John's had a school with 160-155 boys and 148-159 girls.

1973

Weldon was succeeded by Joseph Francis Maguire (1977-1991)

1978 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Chicopee

Dupre was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of molesting two boys in the mid-to late 1970s. One of the boys was a 12 year-old refugee who had recently arrived to the U.S. and was living with his family at the parish convent. He was reportedly abused until he was 16. The other boy was said to have been abused from ages 15-20. Dupre was accused of abusing the boys together at times, showing them pornography and plying them with alcohol. Among places the abuse was said to have taken place were Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Canada.

MA 3/3 Nativity of the BVM had a school with 276-143 students.
1978 1989 St. Louis West Springfield MA 1/1  
1977 1990 Chancellor Springfield MA    
1982 1990 Diocesan Tribunal Springfield MA Pro-Synodal Judge  
1983 1986 Bishop's Commission for the Clergy        

1984

Maguire was replaced by John Aloysius Marshall (1991-1994)

1994 Presbyteral Council Springfield MA member  
1989 1990 St. Thomas Aquinas Springfield MA 1/2 Dupre was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Springfield April 7, 1990. He was consecrated May 30, 1990.
1989 1995 Canonical Affairs Springfield MA Secretary  
1989 1995 Vicar General       Dupre is said to have spoken with the two men he allegedly sexually abused as boys to ask if it would be "a problem" if he were named bishop. He reportedly wanted to ensure their silence if he were to accept the appointment.
1990 1995 Auxiliary Bishop Springfield MA Auxiliary Bishop

Dupre resided at 15 Main St., Wilbraham, MA

Dupre was named Bishop of Springfield March 14, 1995 and installed May 8, 1995.

July 8, 1994   Administrator of the Diocese Springfield MA    

1995

Thomas Ludger Dupre succeeded Marshall (1995-2004)

2004 Bishop Springfield MA   Dupre resigned Feb. 11, 2004 after having been confronted the day before with accusations that he sexually abused two boys 30 years previously.
2004   St. Luke Institute Silver Spring MD patient

Dupre checked into St. Luke's after his resignation in Feb. 2004.

Dupre was indicted on charges of rape in Sept. 2004, but the charges were dropped due to the statute of limitations. His two accusers received a settlement from the diocese in 2008.

At a June 2006 retreat he listed St. Luke's Institute as his residence. St. Luke's was a treatment center for troubled priests, including pedophiles.

    Bishop O'Boyle Residence Washington DC resident In May 2010 Dupre was found to be living in a Catholic retirement home in the Washington D.C. area.

 

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-1996)

Special Reports: Catholic Bishops and Sex Abuse, Dallas Morning News, June 12, 2002
Bishop Denies Saying Predecessor Destroyed Abuse Data, By Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe, Downloaded September 30, 2003
Dupre Accused of Abuse, By Bill Zajac wzajac@repub.com , Springfield [MA] Republican, February 11, 2004
Dupre Accusers Tell Lurid Tale, Allege Ex-Bishop Introduced Them to Gay Sex, Porn, By Bea O'Quinn Dewberry, [Springfield MA] Republican, February 20, 2004
Accused Clergy Had Influential Posts, By Stephanie Barry sbarry@repub.com, [Springfield MA] Republican, March 1, 2004
Dupre Named in Civil Lawsuit, By Bill Zajac, [Springfield MA] Republican, March 12, 2004
For Dupre, the Pressure Was Too Much, By Bill Zajac, [Springfield MA] Republican, March 28, 2004
BA.org Compilation of Accused in Springfield Diocese
Suit: Dupre Said Files Destroyed, By Bill Zajac wzajac@repub.com, The Republican, August 3, 2004
History of Former Bishop Thomas L. Dupre, Springfield [MA] Republican, September 28, 2004
Mystery Surrounds Case of Ex-Bishop, By Bill Zajac, Republican [Springfield MA], February 6, 2005
Abused Priests Shatter Code, By Bill Zajac, Republican [United States], October 23, 2005
Bishop Dupre Still in Treatment, By Bill Zajac wzajac@repub.com, The Republican [Springfield MA], July 22, 2006
BA.org list of U.S. Bishops Accused of Abuse, April14, 2008
Diocese Resolves 59 Abuse Claims through Voluntary Arbitration, The Observer, November 26, 2008
Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield Probing 8 More Abuse Claims, By Stephanie Barry, The Republican, December 3, 2008
Former Springfield Bishop Settles Abuse Case, By Matthew Campbell, CBS 3, December 3, 2008
Press Release by The Office of Stobierski & Stobierski, 12.3.08
Many Clergy Abuse Claimants Unhappy with Settlements, By Stephanie Barry, The Republican, December 8, 2008
2 Former Bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire, Sued by Williamstown Man over
Alleged Molestation, By Fred Contrada, The Republican, September 17, 2009
New Abuse Claim against Bishops, By Meghan Foley, Berkshire Eagle, May 20, 2010
Look Back: Bishop Dupre Scandal, By Jennifer Colby, WWLP, May 21, 2010
Lawsuit Targets Retired Bishops Allegations against Ex-priest, By Meghan Foley, Bennington Banner, May 21, 2010
Survivors of Those Abused by Priests Complains That Former Springfield Bishop Thomas Dupre Has Been Allowed to Move to Catholic Retirement Home, By Stephanie Barry, The Republican , May 25, 2010
Support Group for Those Abused by Priests to Protest Reported Move of Bishop Thomas Dupre to a Less Secure Facility, By George Graham, The Republican, May 25, 2010
Ex-bishop Dupre Wants Video under Wraps, By Jacqueline Jing, WWLP, July 14, 2010
Dupre Videotape Made Public, By Laura Hutchinson, WWLP, July 19, 2010
Former Bishop's Taped Deposition Released, By Kim Lucey, CBS 3, July 19, 2010
Judge Hears Arguments to Drop Suit against Springfield Catholic Bishops Joseph Maguire, Thomas Dupre, By Buffy Spencer, The, Republican , April 27, 2011
Judge Rules Suit against Bishop Thomas L. Dupre and Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire Can Go Forward, By Buffy Spencer
The Republican, June 10, 2011
Trial Begins in Civil Suit Brought by Andrew Nicastro against the Most Rev. Joseph Maguire and Thomas Dupre, By Buffy Spencer, The Republican , July 23, 2012
Massachusetts Bishops Settle Lawsuit Brought by Abuse Victim, Catholic Culture, July 27, 2012


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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 25, 2012