Fr. William Walsh – Archdiocese of Washington

Father William Walsh

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1954

Removed: 1996

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956 – 1961      Maryland Province Office (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1961 – 1965      Bishop’s Latin School (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1966 – 1967      Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • 1967 – 1978      Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, PA)
  • 1971 – 1978      Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA)
  • 1978 – 1985      Maryland Province Office (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1986 – 1991      St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1991 – 1996      Xiamen University (Fujian, China)
  • 1996 – 1998      Woodstock Theological Center (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Walsh:

According to media reports, in 1996, five of Father William Walsh’s nieces told the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus officials that their uncle, Father Walsh sexually abused them hundreds of times as children in the 1940s-60s, when they were ages 5-14 after their father passed away.

At the time the allegations were reported, Father Walsh was teaching in China. The women were prompted to act when he wrote to a relative that he had befriended a 3-year-old girl there. Until then, each of the sisters thought she was Father Walsh’s only victim.

Father Walsh was removed from the ministry that year and sent to treatment. He was then transferred to the Woodstock Theological Center, a Jesuit-run research facility at Georgetown University,

In April 1998, unsatisfied with the Jesuit officials’ response, the women made their allegations public and called for Father Walsh’s expulsion from the priesthood. He was placed on administrative leave, and transferred to the Jesuit’s Ferdinand Wheeler House in Baltimore, MD.

One of the sisters said, “….Father Walsh sexually abused me more than 200 times, usually wearing his white collar. I can still see his hands trembling as he was touching me. Somehow I felt it was my fault.”

In 2010, he was moved to the Jesuits’ Colombiere Community in Baltimore. In December 2018, Father Walsh died at age 95.

In December 2018, Father Walsh’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.

In February 2019, Father Walsh’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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