William Joseph Allen (Father Bill)
priest, Archdiocese Ottawa, Ontario. Ordained 1955. Charged July 2010. Convicted April 2011.
According to media articles, served at Our Lady of the Annunciation RC Church in Hull Quebec, Blessed Sacrament, St. Monica’s, Holy Family Catholic Community in Hunt Club, and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Provided spiritual leadership to the Carleton Catholic Parent-Teachers Association and the lay Carmelite community.
NEXT COURT DATE: CONVICTED 19 April 2011 (09:30 am. courtroom #3. Ottawa courthouse. “to plea”);
07 March 2011 (08:30 am. Courtroom #5 [remand court]); 11 February 2011 (“to take a plea” – 9 am, Courtroom #7 [motions and guilty pleas], Ottawa courthouse); 13 December 2010 (08:30 am, courtroom # 5 – “to be spoken to”); 29 November 2010 (08:30 am, courtroom # 5 – “to be spoken to”); 26 October 2010; 04 October 2010 ; 09 August 2010
The following dates and information are drawn from available Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD), media and personal contacts (PC). Additional timelines will be added as information becomes available.
06 September 1929: DOB pursued his priestly studies at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto. (Graduated with Father Bob Bedard with whom he would later teach at St. Pius X prep seminary in Ottawa.)
1955: Ordained at St. Patrick’s Church, Ottawa, Ontario
1959: priest at Our Lady of Annunciation, Hull, Quebec (CCCD)
summer 1959: joined staff at St. Pius X.
“In the summer of 1959 Father Bedard and Father Gavan were joined by three new staff members; Father William Allen, Father Leonard Lunney, Father Paul Baxter. This group, later to be known as ‘the gang of five,’ spent 15 long summer weeks at the Ontario College of Eduction in Toronto.” (1958-1983 yearbook: Ad Multos Annos: 25) coached the football team in 1959.
summer 1959-1970: teaching at St. Pius X prep seminary, Ottawa (CCCD and yearbook)
(St. Pius X prep seminary was founded in 1958 with an aim to fostering vocations to the priesthood. Students were high school boys who felt they had a vocation to the priesthood, most were from the Ottawa area, but for several years the Diocese of Hamilton sent about eight young boys a year to study at Pius X. “Prospective seminarians” [students] were recommended by their parish priest. In the Hamilton diocese boys who felt they had a vocation were asked to write a letter to their bishop – the choice of which boys to send to St. Pius X was apparently based on the contents of those letters. Initially St. Pius X staff were priests who boarded at the school. The boys from Hamilton were boarders as were some other students. In 1972-1973 school year the school began accepting female students.
Father John Beahen – later Bishop John Beahen – was appointed Superior of the prep seminary in the 1963. It seems he may have served in that capacity until 1965 when the position was assumed by Father Lunney. There were many sex abuse allegations against Beahen. Beahen was a regular visitor at the St. Brigid’s summer camp founded by now convicted molester Father Ken Keeler. Beahen died in March 1998 before being charged. )
1971-1972: St. Pius X school and Pastor St. Monica Church, Ottawa (CCCD) (According to Planted by Flowing Water, from its founding in 1965 St. Monica’s was administered by “a team of priests from St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary who relied on an actively-involved laity to help run the parish,” this seems to have been the case until the parish was raised to the status of a full parish in 1988. )
1973-74: St. Pius X school and Pastor St. Monica Church, Ottawa (CCCD)
1975-1976 – Administrator Resurrection of Our Lord Church, Ottawa:
“Father William Allen left his teaching position at Pius X High School, for one year, to be Administrator at Resurrection Parish between the summers of 1975 and 1976. His term of office saw the start of construction of the Chapel on Heatherington Road and the commencement of the formation of St. Peter’s as a satellite Community of Resurrection” (Resurrection website)
1980: Listed as staff at St. Pius X (Ontario Catholic Directory) – around mid 80s to early 90s teaching at Pius X (PC)
1981-1982: St. Elizabeth Church, Ottawa (St. Elizabeth website) and then apparently back to St. Pius X teaching – around late 80s – used to say Mass at Companions of the Cross pre-seminarian house on Sunnyside (PC)
1991: address Neepawa St., Ottawa (CCCD)
1992 & 1993: address St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, Ottawa (Pastor Father Gahagan) (CCCD)
1994, 1995, 1996: address St. Augustine Church, Ottawa (Pastor Father Robert Latour)
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: address Neepawa St. (different apt. number but same street number as 1991)
2010: living in John Paul II priests residence by the diocesan centre
December 2014: Died in Ottawa. To be buried from St. Patrick’s Basilica 23 December 2014
Spring & Summer 2010, Catholic Ottawa
Reverend William Joseph Allen Fr. William Joseph Allen was born on September 6, 1929 and ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1955 at St. Patrick’s Church. After being curate at Hull’s Annunciation Parish, he taught at Ottawa’s St. Pius X High School, then exercised parish ministry at Blessed Sacrament, St. Monica’s, Resurrection of Our Lord, Holy Family Catholic Community (Hunt Club), St. Elizabeth and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Additionally, he gave spiritual leadership to the Carleton Catholic Parent-Teachers Association and the Lay Carmelite Community.
19 April 2011: Former priest, teacher sentenced for sex crimes
19 April 2011: Ottawa priest found guilty of indecent assault
19 April 2011: Ottawa Priest Sentenced in Indecent Assault Case
11 February 2011: BLOG Two court dates
15 July 2010: Victims were St. Pius X students, police say
15 July 2010: “Justice denied” and “Another yawning failure”
15 July 2010: School never made aware of misconduct
13 July 2010: BLOG Dear Lord help us!
12 July 2010: Priest, 80, charged with sex abuse
12 July 2010: Ottawa priest, 80, facing charges
12 July 2010: Ottawa priest charged with sex offences
Priest, 80, charged with sex abuse; Investigation examined ‘inappropriate acts’ between accused and two Ottawa teens in 1970s
13 July 2010
An 80-year-old Ottawa priest has been charged with three counts of indecent assault following a police investigation into alleged sexual assaults involving two teenage boys dating back 40 years.
The investigation, which began in March, examined a “series of inappropriate acts” between the Roman Catholic priest and two teenagers in Ottawa between 1970 and 1976, police said Monday.
Rev. William Joseph Allen, 80, a former teacher at St. Pius X High School, faces three counts of indecent assault. Arrested Monday, he was released with conditions. Reached at home by phone, Allen wouldn’t comment on the charges, and declined to discuss his history with the archdiocese. “I’m sorry, I don’t want to give any interviews.”
Allen lives in the John Paul II residence adjoining the archdiocese on Kilborn Place near Billings Bridge. At his home, another man who answered the buzzer said Allen had no comment.
Late Monday afternoon, the Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa issued a statement under the name of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, saying the archbishop was “deeply saddened” to hear criminal charges had been laid against “one of our priests.”
Prendergast added that while Allen is in failing health and withdrew from active ministry a number of years ago, he had nonetheless “formally suspended” him from “all ministry and prohibited him from presenting himself as a Catholic priest.”
A Catholic Ottawa newsletter for the spring and summer of 2010 contains a brief biography of Allen indicating that he recently celebrated his 55th year in the priesthood.
Born Sept. 6, 1929, Allen was ordained in June 1955 at St. Patrick’s Church, the newsletter said. After serving as curate at the Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish in Hull, he taught at St. Pius X High School.
A 2006 newsletter from Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church on Saunderson Drive indicated that Allen taught at St. Pius X in the 1970s. As well, he practised parish ministry at Blessed Sacrament, St. Monica’s, Resurrection of Our Lord, Holy Family Catholic Community in Hunt Club, St. Elizabeth and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Allen also provided spiritual leadership to the Carleton Catholic Parent-Teachers Association and the Lay Carmelite Community.
According to the Catholic Ottawa newsletter, Allen, in marking his 55 years in the priesthood, had some advice to young seminarians entering the priesthood on how they could be “holy and happy” in their vocation.
“Prayer,” he said. “At times, priests drift away from prayer. Put yourself in the Lord’s care. He is the eternal high priest. He will look after us and will always bring us back.”
Allen was also quoted as saying a priest should not be a recluse. “It is important to get together for prayer and recreation.”
The case against Allen is the second involving an Ottawa-area priest to come to public attention in recent months.
In October, Prendergast issued an apology to a man — a 40-year-old who can only be identified as “Alex” — who’d suffered sexual abuse as a 14-year-old at the hands of Rev. Dale Crampton.
The one-time pastor at St. Maurice Church on Perry Street was found guilty in 1986 of indecently assaulting seven altar boys. He was sentenced to eight months in jail. The subsequent apology was part of an agreed-upon settlement between “Alex” and the archdiocese. In his October apology, Prendergast emphasized his “personal commitment” to creating “a safe environment in the church for young people and other vulnerable persons.”
The archbishop’s latest apology reiterates that message. “I restate our commitment to create a safe environment in the Church for children and other vulnerable persons.” The archdiocese is “committed to a process of justice and reconciliation for the victims of clergy abuse,” Prendergast said.
While a criminal investigation is an “option” for victims of abuse, the archbishop noted that it has long been church policy to advise victims that there are other alternatives available to them.
“Some victims have chosen a process outside the criminal justice system” and that process “remains a possibility,” said Prendergast, inviting victims of clergy abuse to contact church offices. “Every inquiry will be treated justly and with discretion.” _______________________________________________________
12 July 2010
An 80-year-old Ottawa Roman Catholic priest has been charged with indecent assaults dating back to the 1970s.
William Allen was charged with three counts of indecent assault Monday and released on conditions.
An investigation began in March 2010 into a series of alleged inappropriate contacts between Allen and two teenage males that occurred in Ottawa between 1970 and 1976.
When reached by telephone Monday Allen politely declined to comment on the allegations. “No, thank you,” he said. “I don’t wish to make a comment.”
The local Archbishop issued a press release Monday suspending Allen from all ministry activities and prohibiting him from presenting himself as a Catholic priest.
“I am deeply saddened to hear that criminal charges, on the basis of sexual assault, have been laid against Fr. William Allen,” said Terrence Prendergast in the release.
Allen is said to be in failing health and withdrew from active ministry a number of years ago, said Prendergast. “Justice must be done, and must be seen to be done,” said Prendergast.