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Statement Regarding the Conviction of James Randall Gillette

January 10, 2020

James Randall Gillette, a member of the Passionist Congregation, Province of St. Paul of the Cross, was found guilty in Boston's Superior Court on January 2, 2020 of 'lascivious acts with a minor'. The court sentenced him to 5 years of probation including 'home confinement' at a setting approved by the court. 

Since the early 1990's, prior to any formal accusations of abuse, James Gillette has lived under daily supervision and monitoring, medical oversight and has been barred by the Passionist Congregation from any contact with youth and any and all public ministry. He is not permitted to present himself as a member of the Catholic clergy. 

The Passionist community stands with the victims of sexual abuse. We have maintained an aggressive policy of determining any historical abuse that has occured within our Province. We hold ourselves accountable to victims and to the wider society. We collectively offer our prayers for all victims of abuse as well as their loved ones. 

Prior to his removal from ministry, James Gillette had ministered in Brighton, MA; Union City, NJ; Mexico City, Mexico; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 

Inquiries in this regard may be sent to Mr. Mark Dupont, the spokesperson for the Passionist Province, at (413) 478-8516 - cell phone.