Fr. Conrad Bessette – Diocese of Burlington

Father Conrad Bessette

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1973

Removed: 2004

Laicized: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973                St. Monica (Barre, VT) 
  • 1973-1974      Springfield (St. Mary, VT)  
  • 1974-1975      St. Mary (St. Albans, VT)  
  • 1976-1983      Christ the King (Rutland, VT)  
  • 1984-1987      St. Joseph (Burlington, VT)  
  • 1987-1989      St. Mary Star of the Sea (Newport, VT)  
  • 1989                St. Sylvester (Graniteville, VT)   
  • 1989-1990       St. Anne (Milton, VT)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Conrad Bessette:

According to media reports, Father Conrad Bessette, a Burlington native, was removed from ministry in 1990 by then Bishop John Marshall, after serving for 17 years in eight Vermont parishes.  His public faculties were removed in 2004, and he was laicized in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. 

In August 2019, Father Bessette was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of sexually abusing a child. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

His current whereabouts are unknown. 

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