Assignment Record– Rev. Raymond Cossette

Summary of Case: Raymond Cossette was ordained a priest of the Duluth diocese in 1955. He ministered in parishes and was involved in high schools as an instructor, athletic director, chaplain and principal. He was also Diocesan Superintendent of Schools for a time in the 1960s, and served on the Diocesan Tribunal. For twenty years he was chaplain at Brainerd State School and Hospital. His assignments took him from Hibbing to Duluth, Biwabik, Brainerd and Hillman. He retired in 1995 and is last known to have been living in Brainerd. Cossette's name was included on a list released by the diocese in December 2013 of clergy who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in diocese. His status at the time was "re-investigation initiated."

Born: December 24, 1929
Ordained: 1955
Retired: 1995



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Duluth bishop was Thomas Anthony Welch (1925-1959), followed by Francis Joseph Schenk (1960-1969).

8/16/62 Blessed Sacrament Hibbing MN

3/3, 2/3

1955-59: Rt. Rev. Msgr. Patrick Byrnes VF; Revs. Richard P. Partika,
Raymond J. Cossette

1959-62: Byrnes, Cossette, Francis N. Stretton

Blessed Sacrament had a school with 495-521 students.
8/16/62 7/21/65 Duluth Cathedral High School Duluth MN Instructor; Dean of Discipline; Athletic Director; Principal; Chaplain  
1962 1966 Sacred Heart Duluth MN

5/5, 3/4, 3/5

1962-63: Revs. James A. Hayden, Patrick M. Dowell, Roman B. Spors, William F. Lutar. In res., Raymond Cossette

1963-64: Revs. Hayden, Dowell, Spors, Alfred D. Kaster. In res., Raymond Cossette

1964-65: Revs. Hayden, Dowell. In res., Raymond Cossette, Patrick D. McManus

1965-66: Hayden, Patrick J. Coyle, Paul R. Vecchi. In res., Raymond Cossette, Patrick J. Moran

Sacred Heart had a school with 371-311 students.
6/16/62 7/21/65 Carmel Heights Duluth MN Chaplain  
7/21/65 8/24/66 Cathedral High School Duluth MN Superintendent  
8/24/66 9/09/69 Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Duluth MN    
8/24/66 9/09/69 St. Peter's Duluth MN 1/1  


Schenk was succeeded by Paul Francis Anderson (1969-1982).

7/29/75 St. John's Biwabik MN    


Robert Henry Brom replaced Anderson as Duluth bishop (1983-1989), followed by Roger Lawrence Schwietz, O.M.I. (1989-2000).

1/01/95 Brainerd State School and Hospital Brainerd MN Chaplain  
1982, 1984   Diocesan Tribunal Duluth MN Senator  
1991 1995 Brainerd Regional Human Services Center Duluth MN    
1/04/93 12/29/94 Holy Family Hillman MN 1/1  


Dennis Marion Schnurr succeeded Schwietz (2001-2008). He was replaced by Paul David Sirba (2009-).

  Retired Brainerd MN   Cossette's name was included on a list released by the diocese in December 2013 of clergy who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in diocese. His status at the time was "re-investigation initiated."


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-1995)

Clergy with Credible Claims against Them Concerning Sexual Abuse of a Young Person, Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth, December 31, 2013
Bishop Sirba Releases Names of Credibly Accused Priests, Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth, December 31, 2013
Diocese of Duluth Releases Names of Accused Priests, By Tom Olsen, Duluth News Tribune, December 31, 2013
The Diocese of Duluth Release Their List of 17 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant, Legal Examiner, December 31, 2013
Bishop Sirba Releases Names of 17 Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse in Duluth Diocese, Northlands News Center, December 31, 2013
Duluth Diocese Releases List of Accused Priests, By Tom Olsen, Duluth News Tribune, January 1, 2014

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.

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This assignment record was last updated on October 21, 2016.

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