Fr. Ernest Justin Hill – Diocese of Portland

| Sep 20, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Ernest Justin Hill

Diocese of Portland (Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity a/k/a Trinitarians)

Ernest Justin Hill Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951


Died: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951: St. Anne’s and St. Joachim (Carthage, MS)
  • 1952-1954: Annunciation (Kiln, MS); Our Lady of the Pines (Catahoula, MS); St. Joseph’s (Fenton, MS); St. Louis of France (Rocky Hill, MS); Infant of Jesus (White Cypress, MS)
  • 1954-1956: Holy Ghost Cenacle and Shrine of Saint Joseph (Sterling NJ)
  • 1956-1958: St. Elizabeth’s (Colonial Beach, VA); St. Paul’s (Hague, VA); St. Francis (Kilmarnock, VA); St. Anthony’s (King George, VA); St. Timothy’s (Tappahannock, VA)
  • 1958-1962: Sacred Heart (Hitchcock, OK); St. Joseph’s (Loyal, OK); St. Eugene’s (Canton, OK)
  • 1962-1965: St. Anne Mission (Manchester, KY)
  • 1965-1977: Holy Trinity Missionary Cenacle (Silver Springs, MD)
  • 1977-1978: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker (Washington DC)
  • 1978-1980: Sacred Heart (Soldier Pond, ME); St. Mary Star of the Sea (Stonington, ME)
  • 1980-1993: Other parishes in Portland, ME per media reports
  • 1993-1994: Holy Trinity Seminary (Silver Springs, MD)
  • 1995-2021: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Ernest Justin Hill:

Fr. Ernest Justin Hill was a brother of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity order before becoming a priest in 1951. He served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland. According to media reports, in 1994, he was suspended by his order for refusing to undergo psychological testing. He was under investigation for being accused of inappropriate behavior with teenagers. He denied the allegations.

In 1999, he was accused of child sexual abuse in Maine, alleged to have occurred in the late 1970s or early 1980s. In March 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Jackson Mississippi’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of child sexual abuse reported in 1994 occurring in Indiana in 1992.

Hill died in 2003.

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