Assignment History– Rev. Raoul Gauthier

Summary of Case: Raoul Gauthier was ordained for Canada's Diocese of Gravelbourg in 1933. He assisted in several Saskatchewan parishes before going on leave in 1939. He reappeared in 1940 as a hospital chaplain in the Diocese of Crookston MN, in the United States. After four years in Crookston, he was sent to a hospital chaplaincy in the St. Cloud diocese. It is unclear where Gauthier spent 1948-53. During 1953-78 he was chaplain at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre, MN, except for a period 1968-69 when he was at a "clergy retreat center" run by the Servants of the Paraclete in Nevis. In 1979 Gauthier was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after he admitted to fondling a developmentally disabled man. He fled shortly thereafter to Canada. He died in 1995, never having been extradited to the Unites States. Gauthier's name was included on the Diocese of St. Cloud's list January 3, 2014 of clergy involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors.

Ordained: 1933
: 1979
Died: 1995


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Diocese of Gravelbourg

Bishop was Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, O.M.I. (1930-1931), followed by Louis-Joseph-Arthur Melanson (1932-1936).

1935 Our Lady of Auvergne Ponteix Saskatchewan/Canada 2/2



Melanson was succeeded by Joseph-Wilfrid Guy, O.M.I. (1937-1942).

1939 Our Lady of Lourdes Meyronne Saskatchewan/Canada  

Gauthier is indexed in the 1938 and 1939 Directories as in Meyronne, but he is not listed as at Our Lady of Lourdes in the diocesan pages. It is the only parish in Meyronne.

Our Lady of Lourdes had a school.

1939 1940 Absent St. Boniface Manitoba/Canada    


Diocese of Crookston

Bishop was John Hubert Peschges (1938-1944).

1944 St. Mary's Hospital Detroit Lakes MN/United States Chaplain  


Diocese of St. Cloud

Bishop was Joseph Francis Busch (1915-1953).

1948 St. James' Hospital Perham MN/United States Chaplain  
1948 1953         Not indexed in the 1949-1953 Directories.
1953 1968 St. Michael's Hospital Sauk Centre MN/United States Chaplain



Diocese of Crookston

Bishop was Lawrence Alexander Glenn (1960-1970).

1969 Our Lady of the Snow Nevis MN/United States   This was a "clergy retreat house", run by the Servants of the Paraclete.


Diocese of St. Cloud

Bishop was George Henry Speltz (1968-1987).

1978 St. Michael's Hospital

Sauk Centre



MN/United States Chaplain  
1978 1979  


Gauthier was charged in 1979 with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after he admitted fondling a developmentally disabled male adult. He fled the U.S. for Canada and was never extradited.

    Gauthier is not listed in the 1979 Directory as at previous assignment.


Gravelbourg diocese

Bishop was Noël Delaquis, O.C.S.O. (1973-1995).

1995 Retired   Saskatchewan/Canada   Gauthier died in 1995. His name was included on the Diocese of St. Cloud's list January 3, 2014 of clergy involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors.

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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1934-1995).

Priest Admitted to Abuse, but Was Never Prosecuted, Associated Press State & Local Wire, May 25, 2002
Woman Sues Priest for Abuse, By David Unze, St. Cloud Times, December 5, 2002
Priest Charged with Abuse, By David Unze, St. Cloud Times, December 13, 2002
The Diocese of St Cloud Release Their List of 33 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant,
Legal Examiner, January 3, 2014

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


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