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Fr. Lawrence M. Spellen

  • 1946: Ordained
  • 1946-1953: Unknown
  • 1954-1956: St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Midvale, UT
  • 1957-1958: St. Patrick’s, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1959-1968: Our Lady of Lourdes, Magna, UT
  • 1969-1970: St. Olaf, Bountiful, UT
  • 1971: St. Pius X, Moab, UT (Mission: Sacred Heart: La Sal)
  • 1972: Absent on Leave
  • 1973: St. Theresa, Oahu, Honolulu, HI
  • 1974: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1975: Unknown
  • 1976:Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Oahu, Honolulu, HI
  • 1977-1979: Palma High School, Salinas, CA
  • 1980: St. James the Greater, Vernal, UT
  • 1981-1982: Palma High School, Salinas, CA
  • 1983-1987: St. Patrick’s, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1988-2003: Retired
  • 2003: Deceased

Notes: Fr. Spellen bounced around numerous parishes and assignments before coming to Hawaii. In 1975, it is believed Fr. Spellen began working at Damien Memorial High School where he sexually abused at least one boy. Fr. Spellen told Bishop Weigand in 1993 that he was being accused of sexual misconduct during the mid-1980’s. Diocesan officials in Salt Lake City investigated the matter and found merit in the accusations. Fr. Spellen was placed on leave and the matter was reported to CPS. In 2013, Fr. Spellen was named in a civil lawsuit in Hawaii for the sexual abuse of the boy at Damien. After 1988, Fr. Spellen’s status as a priest, his whereabouts and whether he had access to children were unknown. Fr. Spellen died in 2003.