Fr. Lionel Augustine Abeywickrema

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Notes:  Abeywickrema, originally from Sri Lanka, was accused by 3 sisters of sexually abusing them in mid-1960s when he was at St. Bernadette’s Parish in Albuquerque and they were between ages of 6-14. The women reached out-of-court settlement with Santa Fe Archdiocese which was announced 7/1/93. He was removed from public ministry without any privileges.. He is believed to have died in late 2008.

Sources:  Roswell Daily Record 7.1.93The New Mexican (AP) 7.1.93The New Mexican (AP) 7.3.93