Father Vance Zebulon Thorne
Diocese of Trenton
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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