Gordon J. MacRae

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Gordon J. MacRae
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Born (1953-04-09) April 9, 1953 (age 71)
Beverly, Massachusetts
Alma materSaint Anselm College
  • Catholic Priest
  • Journalist
  • Civil Rights Advocate

“Gordon James MacRae” was born April 9, 1953 in Beverly, Massachusetts to machinist Alan MacRae and Canadian-born Sophie Kavanagh, both relapsing alcoholics who eventually divorced.[1] In 1964 he enrolled at Eastern Junior High School in Lynn, Massachusetts and then majored in Psychology at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire. In September of 1970 at age 17 he entered into the novitiate of the Capuchins at St. Anthony's Friary in Hudson, New Hampshire, but decided not to continue or take formal vows.[2] [3] [4] He eventually joined the Diocese of Manchester as a diocesan priest and was allowed by the Bishop of Manchester to celebrate the Mass for Catholic patients at Spofford Hall Hospital.[5]

In November of 1988, MacRae was accused of sexual misconduct [6]and after a lengthy court-case he was convicted and is jailed at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, New Hampshire since September 23, 1994, where he helped counsel and convert convicted felon Pornchai Moontri to the Catholic religion.[7] [8] [9] His parole date is June 12, 2028. MacRae defends his innocence on his personal website at BeyondTheseStoneWalls.com.[10] The Wall Street Journal has covered the story twice.[11] [12]


  1. https://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/manchester/NHAG_06726_06728.pdf
  2. https://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/manchester/NHAG_06726_06728.pdf
  3. https://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/manchester/NHAG_06755_06756.pdf
  4. https://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/manchester/NHAG_06749_06750.pdf
  5. https://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/manchester/NHAG_03127.pdf
  6. "Gordon MacRae - New Hampshire Attorney General, Manchester Diocese".
  7. "Could Fr. Gordon MacRae finally go free?".
  8. "New Hampshire Priest Continues the Long Road to Clear His Name". 18 March 2015.
  9. https://www.thedivinemercy.org/articles/behold-your-son-behold-your-mother
  10. https://beyondthesestonewalls.com/Template:Primary source inline
  11. Silverglate, Harvey (9 October 2022). "Opinion | Justice Delayed for Father MacRae". Wall Street Journal.
  12. Rabinowitz, Dorothy (10 May 2013). "Rabinowitz: The Trials of Father MacRae". Wall Street Journal.

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