Fr. William T. Byrne: Credibly Accused of Sexual Misconduct Involving a Minor

Fr. William T. Byrne

Ordained, 1952
  • 1952 Ss. Peter and Paul, Tucson, AZ (TUC)
  • 1953 Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament, Miami, AZ (TUC)
  • 1954-1956 Immaculate Conception, Douglas, AZ (TUC)
  • 1956 St. Ambrose, Tucson, AZ (TUC)
  • 1956-1962 Regina Cleri Seminary, Tucson, AZ (TUC)
  • 1963-1964 St. Michael’s, Buckeye, AZ (TUC); St. Henry, Buckeye, AZ (TUC)
  • 1964-1967 St. Jerome, Phoenix, AZ (TUC)
  • 1967 Christ the King, Mesa, AZ (TUC)
  • 1967-1971 Sacred Heart, Clifton, AZ (TUC)
  • 1971-1975 St. Francis of Assisi, Yuma, AZ (TUC)
  • 1975-1981 Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson, AZ (TUC)
  • 1981 Unknown
  • 1981-1985 Regina Cleri, Tucson, AZ (TUC)
  • 1985-1991 St. Ambrose, Tucson, AZ (TUC)
  • 1991 Died

In a 1999 lawsuit, Fr. William T. Byrne was accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1976 to 1979 at Our Mother of Sorrows in Tucson, Arizona. In a 2002 lawsuit, Fr. Byrne was accused of sexually abusing two minor brothers at Holy Cross in Clifton, Arizona during the summers of 1968 and 1969. Fr. Byrne has been a named in multiple civil lawsuits accusing him of both adult and child sexual abuse. Fr. Byrne was included in the Diocese of Tucson’s “List of Clergy and other Church Personnel Identified by the Diocese of Tucson with Assignments, Employment or Ministry Service in the Diocese about Whom the Diocese Is Aware of Credible Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Involving a Minor.”