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Fr. Francis Gillespie – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Francis Gillespie

Diocese of Charlotte

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Ordained: 1972

Removed: 2021

Assignment History: 

  • 1994-2001: Our Lady of the Assumption Church and School (Charlotte, NC)

  • 2002-2008: Diocese of Raleigh, NC

  • 2008-2021: Diocese of Charleston, SC

  • 2021: St. Mary’s (Laurinburg, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Gillespie

In October 2021, the Diocese of Charlotte reported Fr. Francis Gillespie to the police after he allegedly abused a minor at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish more than 20 years ago. Accordingly, the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus—which supervises Fr. Gillespie—removed the priest while they investigated the allegation.

According to sources, Fr. Gillespie was pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and School from 1994 to 2001. The incident allegedly occurred in the mid-to-late 1990s while the victim was a student, an article reads

Additional details about the nature of the abuse are not yet publicly available.

Fr. Gillespie’s Career and Assignment HistoryFr. Francis Gillespie Horowitz Law

Ordained in 1972, sources say Fr. Francis Gillespie has pastored for five years in the Savannah Diocese, seven years in the Charlotte Diocese, six years in the Raleigh Diocese, and three years in the Charleston Diocese. 

Additionally, reports say Fr. Gillespie taught Jesuit grade school for two years in Osorno, Chile, where he also coached basketball for the high school. 

At the time of his removal, Fr. Gillespie was serving in Laurinburg, North Carolina. 

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