Assignment Record– Rev. Peter Dominic Snyers

Summary of Case: A native of the The Netherlands, Peter D. Snyers received seminary training at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and St. John's in Collegeville. He was ordained for the St. Cloud diocese in 1953. He was assigned to parishes in Rice, Breckenridge, Ogleville, Foreston, Eden Valley, Holdingford and St. Cloud. Snyers was Assistant Director of the Catholic Boy Scouts in the diocese through the 1960s and '70s. He retired in 2002 to Sauk Rapid, Minnesota, moving in 2009 to Sartell, where he died January 19, 2012. Snyers' name was included on the Diocese of St. Cloud's list released January 3, 2014 of 33 clergy " likely involved in the sexual abuse of minors."

Born: June 8, 1925
Ordained: December 27, 1953
Died: January 19, 2012



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

February 1954

St. Cloud bishop was Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968).

March 1954 Immaculate Conception




Temporary Administrator


March 1954

June 1958 St. Mary's of the Presentation Breckenridge MN 2/2 St. Mary's had a school with 358-337 students.

June 1958

June 1965 St. Kathryn's Ogleville MN 1/1  
1961 1978 Catholic Boy Scouts St. Cloud MN Assistant Director  
June 1965 July 1968 St. Louis Bertrand Foreston MN 1/1  

July 1968

George Henry Speltz succeeded Bartholome (1968-1987).


July 1980 Church of the Assumption Eden Valley MN 1/1 Assumption had a school 1968-1971 with 221-210 students, and a religious education program 1971-1980 with 335-456 students.

July 1980

Speltz was replaced as St. Cloud bishop by Jerome George Hanus, O.S.B. (1987-1994), followed by John Francis Kinney (1995-2013).

July 1995 St. Mary's Holdingford MN 1/1  
July 1980 July 1995 St. Hedwig's Holdingford MN 1/1  
July 1995 2002 St. John Cantius St. Cloud MN

1/1, 2/2

Snyers retired in July 2001. He was Pastor Emeritus at St. John's 2001-2002.

2002 2009 Retired Sauk Rapid MN   Address given is 1305 15th St. #101.
2009 2012 Retired Sartell MN  

Snyers lived at Country Manor Senior Housing.

Snyers died January 19, 2012.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1954-2013)

Reverend Peter D. Snyers (1925 - 2012), Obituary,
Press Release from +Donald J. Kettler Bishop of Saint Cloud, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud via WJON, January 3, 2014
The Diocese of St Cloud Release Their List of 33 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant, Legal Examiner, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Reveals Names of Priests Accused of Abusing Children, By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Bishop Releases Names of 33 Accused Priests, By Alex Svejkovsky, WJON, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Releases List of Clergy Accused of Abuse, By Frank Lee, St. Cloud Times, January 4, 2014




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This assignment record was last updated on August 11, 2015.