The Archdiocese of Detroit has restricted a retired priest from public ministry because of what it calls "credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors."

Father Robert Witkowski, 83, has also been added to the Archdiocese list of clergy who have been credibly accused of abuse, according to a post on the Archdiocese website.

Witkowski retired in 2013 after 52 years serving as a hospital chaplain, associate pastor, pastor and administrator.

"The Archdiocesan Review Board has deemed credible allegations involving Fr. Witkowski, dating back to the early years of his ministry," the post said. "The Detroit archdiocese shared the allegations with civil authorities. A further determination on the matter now involves a review process required under church (canon) law.

"The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to 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."

Witkowski's assignments included:

1961-1966: St. Matthew, Detroit

1966-1969: Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Detroit

1969-1975: Herman Kiefer/Detroit Osteopathic Hospitals, Detroit

1976-1980: St. Mary Magdalen, Melvindale

1980-1981: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods

1981-1985: St. Lawrence, Utica

1985-1991: St. Raymond, Detroit

1991-2013: St. Edmund, Warren

Witkowski retired in 2013 when St. Edmund and St. Sylvester merged to form the current St. Faustina.

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