Northfield priest on leave due to investigation into ‘inappropriate behavior’

  • The Rev. Thomas Lisowski of St. Patrick’s Church in Northfield. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Rev. Thomas Lisowski of St. Patrick’s Church in Northfield. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 11/22/2019 1:05:05 PM

NORTHFIELD — A Northfield priest is on leave due to an allegation of “inappropriate behavior involving a vulnerable adult,” according to a statement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.

The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Northfield, was placed on administrative leave by Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegation.

“It should be noted that this is done out of an abundance of caution and should not be seen as a finding against Fr. Lisowski, who enjoys the presumption of innocence,” wrote Mark Dupont, a spokesperson for the diocese.

“Fr. Lisowski disputes the allegation and has asserted his innocence,” Dupont added.

The allegation has been reported to the “appropriate public authorities and agencies,” according to the statement, and the diocese will also conduct an investigation, “but only after civil authorities have completed their investigation and indicated we may proceed.”

Dupont did not specify which public agencies are investigating. Northfield Police Chief Robert Leighton said his department has not been investigating any allegation against Lisowski, and he is unaware of any complaint brought to his department as of Friday afternoon.

Calls to Lisowski and St. Patrick’s Church were not returned Friday. The Diocese of Springfield also did not respond to calls for further comment.

Lisowski has been parish priest in Northfield for about 10 years.

According to Dupont, anyone with a complaint or concern about the diocese’s clergy, lay employees or volunteers should contact the Office of Safe Environment & Victim Assistance at 413-452-0624, or confidential toll-free number 800-842-9055, or send an email to reportabuse@diospringfield.org.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.




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