Fr. William A. Lorenz

Diocese:  Diocese of Syracuse

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1964-1965:  St. James, Syracuse
  • 1966-1967:  St. Andrew, Syracuse
  • 1968-1970:  St. Peter, Utica
  • 1971:  St. Mary, Oswego
  • 1973-1975:  St. Paul, Oswego
  • 1973-1979:  Oswego Catholic High/Bishop Cunningham Catholic High School, Oswego (renamed in 1976)
  • 1980-1993:  St. Anne, Whitesboro
  • 1980-1992:  Principal of Notre Dame High School, Utica
  • 1995:  Our Lady of Lourdes, Utica
  • 1995-2002:  St. Joseph, Oneida
  • Unknown:  St. Bernard, Waterville
  • Unknown:  St. Mary, Hamilton
  • Unknown:  St. Patrick, Forestport

Notes:  Resigned from parish 6/02 after admitting he abused a girl when she was a high school student and that they continued a relationship for 10 years. Woman complained to diocese in 1993 and Diocese paid her over $17K for counseling. Lorenz sent to St. Luke’s and then was returned to parish work in 1995. Woman filed suit 9/02. He was permanently removed from ministry per 6/03 article.

Sources: 1.8.04Post-Standard 9.5.02Post-Standard (NY) 06.26.02Post-Standard 06.18.03Post-Standard 08.22.03Watertown Daily Times 03.14.18

Note: Years listed indicate editions of the Official Catholic Directory. Because of the publication schedule of the Directory, a priest listed at a parish in a given year was also likely at that parish for part of the previous year.