Fr. Alphonsus Smith – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Alphonsus Smith

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1956

Removed: 1995

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1990-1995      St. Bernardine of Siena Parish, (Suitland, MD)  
  • 1982-1990      Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (Takoma Park, MD)  
  • 1975-1982      Church of St. Matthias the Apostle (Lanham, MD)
  • 1972-1975      St. John the Evangelist Parish (Clinton, MD)
  • 1970-1972      St. Francis Xavier Parish (Newtowne, MD)
  • 1964-1970      St. Hugh Parish (Greenbelt, MD)
  • 1964-1964      St. John the Evangelist Parish (Silver Spring, MD)
  • 1956-1964      St. Martin Parish (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Alphonsus Smith:

According to media reports, in March 1995, Father Alphonsus Smith was one of four priests who admitted to molesting the same altar boy in the 1970s. He was charged in another four indictments with abusing four boys, aged 11-17, in the 1970s and 1980s. The abuse occurred at St. Matthias, St. John’s, and Our Lady of Sorrows, where he admitted to having a five-year sexual relationship with one boy beginning in 1988.

Never before has the archdiocese simultaneously dismissed so many priests for pedophilia, said Monsignor William Lori, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Father Smith pleaded guilty in 1996, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. One year later, his sentence was reduced to five years of supervised probation, which required that he remain in a treatment facility. He remained under care at the Vianney Center until his death in 2005.

At least one claim was included in the $1.3M settlement with Archdiocese of Washington in December 2006.

In October 2018, Father Smith’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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