Fr. Vance Zebulon Thorne – Diocese of Trenton

Father Vance Zebulon Thorne

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1954

Removed: 1987

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1954                Unknown 
  • 1955-1957      Holy Ghost (Jackson, MI) 
  • 1958-1959      St. Leo’s (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1960-1961      St. Mary’s (Vicksburg, MI)
  • 1962-1971      St. John the Baptist (Waco, TX)
  • 1972-1980      St. Bartholomew’s (Little Rock, AK)
  • 1981-1986      Holy Ghost (Jackson, MI) 
  • 1987                Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, MS) 
  • 1988                Unknown
  • 1989                Divine World Seminary (Bay St. Louis, MS)
  • 1990-2004      Society of the Divine World (Bordentown, NJ) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Vance Zebulon Thorne:

Father Vance Zebulon was a priest of the Society of the Divine Word. He worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as well as the dioceses of Austin, Jackson, and Trenton. According to media reports, at least three civil suits and two criminal indictments were filed in Mississippi in 1986 and 1987. One plaintiff claimed abuse by Father Thorne from 1980 through 1986 beginning when he was age 14. The alleged abuse occurred at Holy Ghost church in the Diocese of Jackson. Another plaintiff alleged abuse at the same parish when he was a 9-year-old student at Holy Ghost School. 

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ report in 2004, he was accused of sexual abuse in the early 1970s.  He died in November 2004.

In March 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Jackson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted an allegation reported in 1986, and that he was removed from the diocese in 1987.

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