DEWITT, Mich. (WLNS) – Multiple charges have been filed against the former director of the Lansing Catholic Diocese’s St. Francis Retreat Center for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from three fellow priests.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Father David Rosenberg, 70, of Dewitt, was arraigned in the 65-A District Court in Clinton County on seven charges.

Rosenberg has been charged with the following:

  • Three counts of Embezzlement from a Vulnerable Adult $100,000 or more, a 20-year felony; 
  • One count of Uttering and Publishing, a 14-year felony; 
  • One count of Larceny over $20,000, a 10-year-felony; 
  • One count of Perjury, a 15-year-felony, and; 
  • One count of False Pretenses over $100,000, a 20-year-felony.

Nessel alleges Rosenberg took approximately $830,000 from the three priests and used the money to fund his charitable foundation, FaithFirst.

“David Rosenberg was rather evasive, to say the least. I just knew something certainly wasn’t right and he would tell me don’t get your brother agitated,” said Joanne McCartin, the sister of an alleged victim.

The Diocese of Lansing said they learned of the embezzlement charges on Thursday, and offered prayers to the victims.

“These charges are deeply disturbing and our prayers go out to all involved, in particular to the alleged victims. Please pray for all involved and that justice will be served,” said David Kerr, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Lansing.

The Diocese also said that the embezzlement ‘is not regarding any official role Father Rosenberg had with the Diocese.’

“No money is alleged to have been embezzled from diocesan entities. Rather, the alleged embezzlement concerns Father Rosenberg’s own personal activities,” the Diocese said.

At the retreat center in DeWitt where Rosenberg was the director, there are apartments that housed retired Catholic priests.

Nessel said two of the priests lived in the apartments until they died, and one of the priest still lives at the retreat center.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for Dec. 15.