Br. Gilbert Leroy Hensley

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago, Diocese of Madison

Religious Order:  Dominican


Accused in civil suit filed 10/26/07 of sodomizing a boy at least four times in the 4th and 5th grade in the late 1970s at St Vincent Ferrer parish in River Forest IL, where Hensley worked 1971-1986, after assignment at nearby St Thomas Aquinas Priory 1962-1971. To show prior notice, suit alleged Hensley’s jaw was broken by a minor male in a gay bar in the mid-1970s. A 3rd boy was allegedly fondled once by Hensley at the parish school in the late 1970s and a 4th minor male was reportedly willing to testify. Rev Vincent Bryce, Hensley’s pastor at St Vincent’s, admitted abusing a boy there. In 1986-2005 Hensley lived at Blessed Sacrament priory and parish in the Madison WI diocese while working at Edgewood Elementary School. After the attorney for the man who filed suit contacted the Dominicans in 2005, Hensley was moved to the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa WI, where he lived and worked 2005-2014. Hensley, whose religious name was Bro Angelus, died on 5/31/14.


WBBM 10.27.07; Chicago Sun-Times 10.28.07; Journal of Oak Park and Forest River 11.12.07; Dominican Central Province 05.31.14; DomCentral Quarterly 06.01.14