Assignment Record Rev. Stanislaus A. Bur

Summary of Case: Stanislaus Bur was ordained for the Grand Rapids MI diocese in 1950. He assisted at several Grand Rapids diocesan parishes, transferring to the Saginaw diocese in 1971 when his then-parish became part of that diocese. He retired in 1985, per the Official Catholic Directory. Media reports indicate Bur was forced from active ministry in the early 1990s after a man reported to the Grand Rapids diocese that Bur sexually abused him in 1958 when he was a little boy and an altar server in Ionia. The diocese deemed the accusation credible and paid for the man's therapy for several years. Bur stated in 2002 that he "may have touched boys' genitals" to teach them about their bodies, but said he did not abuse them. In March 2008 there were new allegations against Bur of past sexual abuse. Bur died in February 2009.

Ordained: 1950
Died: February 1, 2009

 

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Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1950

Grand Rapids bishop was Francis Joseph Haas (1943-1953).

1952 St. Thomas the Apostle

Grand Rapids

MI 2/2

St. Thomas' had a school with 252-273 students.

1952

1953 Holy Name Grand Rapids MI 2/2 Holy Name had a school with 342 students.

1953

Haas was succeeded by Allen James Babcock (1954-1969).

1955 St. Francis' Traverse MI 2/2 St. Francis' had a grade school with 207 students and a high school with 236 students.
1955 1958 St. Mary's Muskegon MI 3/3, 2/3 St. Mary's had a school with 391-355 students.
1958 1960 SS Peter and Paul

Ionia

A man told the Grand Rapids diocese in the 1990s that Bur sexually abused him when he was a student and altar server at SS Peter and Paul. The man remembered Bur watching boys shower at the parish school after basketball practice and masturbating while he heard their confessions in his parked car after driving him and other boys to away games. Further, he said Bur raped him while he was sleeping one morning in January 1958. (He said Bur was visiting and his mother allowed the priest to wake him up.) The man said he woke up, yelled at the priest to get out and, while his brother and sister watched, chased him out of the house. Bur's accuser said he later discovered several other victims of Bur's abuse from his school/parish, both upperclassmen and younger.

MI 2/3 SS Peter and Paul had a grade school with 290 students and a high school with 96 students.

1960

 

1970 St. Rita's Maple City MI 1/1  

1960

Joseph Matthew Breitenbeck followed Babcock as Grand Rapids bishop (1969-1989).

1970 St. Joseph's Bohemian Settlement MI 1/1 This was a mission of St. Rita's in Maple City.

1970

Parish became part of the Saginaw diocese in 1971. Saginaw bishop was Francis Frederick Reh (1968-1980).

1973 St. Joseph the Worker Beal City MI 1/1 St. Joseph's had a school with 325-275 students.
1973 1974 St. Edward's Kinde MI 1/1  

1974

Reh was succeeded by Kenneth Edward Untener (1980-2004).

1983 St. Valentine's Beaver MI 1/1 St. Valentine's had a school with 84-112 students.
1983 1985         Bur is not indexed in the 1984 or 1985 Directories.
1985 2003 Retired

 

 

   

The Grand Rapids diocese found credible the accusations by a man who reported childhood sex abuse by Bur in Iona MI. The diocese reportedly tracked Bur to the Saginaw diocese and he was removed from active ministry. The diocese paid for the man's therapy from 1992-2001.

Bur was honored by the Saginaw diocese in 2000 for 50 years of ministry. He told a reporter in 2002 that he may have touched boys' genitals to teach them about their bodies, but he denied abusing them.

2003

Untener was followed as Saginaw bishop by Robert James Carlson (2004-2009).

2009   New allegations of past abuse by Bur surfaced in 2008.     Bur is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory. He died Feb. 1, 2009 at Hancock Haven Retirement Village in Cheboygan, MI.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1951-2003)

Stories of Broken Victims Lie behind Catholic Summit, By Jim Schaefer and Alexa Capeloto, Detroit Free Press, April 24, 2002
Could Have Prosecuted Priests, Forsyth Says, Grand Rapids Press, May 17, 2002
Former Area Priest Faces New Abuse Allegation, Muskegon Chronicle, March 7, 2008
More Allegations of Priest Abuse Surface, WoodTV, March 7, 2008
Abuse Prevention Program Requires Commitment, By Charles Honey, Grand Rapids Press, March 8, 2008

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This assignment record was last updated on December 27, 2016.