Assignment Record– Rev. Dale Anthony Guidry

Summary of Case: Dale Anthony Guidry was ordained for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux LA in 1982. He assisted at a Galiano parish for three years, after which his status was "on leave." In 1987 he resurfaced in the Honolulu HI archdiocese, assisting briefly at St. Theresa's Co-Cathedral in Honolulu then, for several years, pastoring a parish in Wahiawa. Guidry left HI in 1991 and settled into work in the Diocese of Amarillo TX. There he lead parishes in Childress, Memphis, Turkey and Dalhart. In 1999, without explanation, the bishop removed Guidry from ministry. He was "absent on leave" thereafter.

In July 2009 Guidry was arrested in Spring TX on charges of online solicitation of a minor. He pleaded guilty in July 2010 and was sentenced to five years in prison. Guidry died in Stockton TX October 20, 2013.


Born: April 6, 1954
: 1982
Died: October 20, 2013


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Bishop was Warren Louis Boudreaux (1977-1992).

1985 St. Joseph's Galiano LA 2/2


1985 1987 On Leave        


Archdiocese of Honolulu

Archbishop was Joseph Anthony Ferrario (1982-1993).

1988 St. Theresa's Co-Cathedral Honolulu HI 3/5 St. Theresa's had a school with 688 students.
1988 1991 Our Lady of Sorrows Wahiawa HI 1/2 Our Lady of Sorrows had a school with 268-265 students, and a religious education program with 153 students. Guidry is noted in the 1990 Directory to be the Director of Religious Education.


Diocese of Amarillo

Bishop was Leroy Theodore Matthiesen (1980-1997).

1995 Holy Angels Childress TX 1/1 Holy Angels had a religious education program with 42-81 students.
1991 1993 Sacred Heart Memphis TX 1/1 Sacred Heart had a religious education program with 90-54 students.
1991 1993 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Turkey TX   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Memphis TX.


Matthiesen was succeeded as Amarillo bishop by John Walter Yanta (1997-2008).

1999 St. Anthony's Dalhart TX 1/2

St. Anthony's had a school with 69-85 students, and a religious education program noted in the 1996 Directory with 92 students.

Guidry was removed from ministry in 1999 by Bishop Yanta, who was not forthcoming about the reason for Guidry's removal.

1999 2008 Absent on Leave


Guidry was arrested July 30, 2009 in Spring TX, charged with online solicitation of a minor. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in July 2010 to five years in prison.


The 2001 Directory indexes Guidry as Absent on Leave and as at St. St. Joseph's Home for Retired Priests in Panhandle TX.

Guidry is not indexed beyond the 2008 Directory.

He died October 20, 2013 in Fort Stockton TX.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1983-2008).

A Tale of Two Bishops, By Pamela Schaeffer, National Catholic Reporter, April 2, 1999
Records from Montgomery County Texas District Court on Guidry, July 15, 2010
Texas Dept of Criminal Justice Information on Guidry, July 15, 2010
 Statement by Diocese of Amarillo, September 15, 2011
 Geesey-Ferguson Guidry Obit, October 20, 2013 

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This assignment record was last updated on December 22, 2016.


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