Fr. William Shields (Diocese of Allentown)

Fr. William Shields

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2000

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1960        St. Ambrose (Schuylkill Haven, PA)
  • 1960-1962        St. John the Baptist de la Salle (Shillington, PA)
  • 1962            St. Mary (Hamburg, PA)
  • 1962-1964        Annunciation B.V.M. (Shenandoah, PA)
  • 1964-1967        Director, Bishop’s Relief (Schuylkill County)
  • 1967-1968        St. Paul (Allentown, PA)
  • 1968-1969        St. Lawrence (Catasauqua, PA)
  • 1969-1972        St. Ann (Lansford, PA)
  • 1972-1974        St. Peter (Reading, PA)
  • 1974-1995        St. Nicholas (Weatherly, PA)
  • 1995-2000        Pastor Emeritus- St. Nicholas (Weatherly, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Shields:

In 2002, a man reported to the Diocese of Allentown that he was sexually abused by Fr. WIlliam Shields at St. Ann’s in Lansford when he was about 12 or 13 years old.  Under the guise of giving the boy a massage as thanks for helping out at a parish picnic, Shields fondled the terrified boy.  He immediately told his mother and a parish deacon.  Three months later, Shields told the parish that he was being transferred, and the victim believes it was related to his report.

In 2004, another man came to the Diocese of Allentown to report that he too had been abused at St. Ann’s parish.

Shields died in 2000 as a priest in good standing.

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