Archdiocese of Detroit: Priest removed from ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse

Posted at 9:40 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 16:01:00-04

A senior retired priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit has been restricted from public ministry after credible allegations of child sexual abuse surfaced, according to the Archdiocese of Detroit. 

Robert Witkowski, 83, was officially removed from his duties effective Tuesday, Oct. 9. His name has since been added to the Archdiocese's list of clergy credibly accused of abuse, according to a release. 

The credible allegations date back to Witkowski's early years in ministry. Over the years, he has served as a hospital chaplain, in parishes as an associate pastor, a pastor and an administrator from 1961 to 2013. 

The priest's biographical information:

1961: Ordained                                         

2013: Senior Priest Status (Retired)         

2018: Restricted from Public Ministry       

His assignments:

1991 - 2013: St. Edmund, Warren               

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

The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to contact authorities or the Archdioceses's Victim Assistance Line at 866-343-8055 or visit Additionally, they can also call the Attorney General's toll-free investigation hotline at 844-324-3374 or submit online at