Rev. Harold Robert White – Assignment Record

Ordained: 1960

At least 30 men and women have filed suits alleging abuse by White when they were young teenagers. Excerpts from White's file show that the archdiocese by knew by 12/13/61 that White had solicited a boy to perform 'an unnatural act contrary to the Sixth Commandment', and by 1/6/65, the archdiocese had already decided to transfer White for a second time owing to his 'boy troubles'. White worked in 11 parishes over 33 years, left active ministry in1993 and was laicized by the Vatican in 2004. He died 11/14/06 in Cancún, Mexico, while on vacation. Not deposed prior to death. Ten suits settled 1/07. Others settled 7/08. Three more filed 7/08.

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
Denver archbishop was Urban John Vehr (1931-1967)
1963 St. Catherine's


Archdiocesan officials knew of an allegation against White in 1960. Church documents show that White was accused of sexually abusing 30 children between 1960 and 1981. (Denver Post, July 3, 2008) At least one man has reported that White abused him in 1959 or 1960, before he was ordained. (Associated Press, January 19, 2006)



St. Catherine's had a school with 532-512 students.
1963 1965 St. Mary's

Colorado Springs

White's godson reported in 2005 that he was molested as a child by White, at White's family cabin in Grand Lake, beginning in about 1963. (Denver Post, August 18, 2005)

CO 5/5, 4/4

St. Mary's had a high school wtih 575 students.


James Vincent Casey replaced Vehr as archbishop (1967-1986)

1968 St. Anthony's


In the 1960s, Rev. James Kane reported a complaint of sexual abuse against White to the archbishop, while White was at this parish. (Denver Post [Denver CO]
August 1, 2005) A woman in 2005 accused White of having sexually abused her as a girl from 1955-1968 at St. Anthony's. (Rocky Mountain News,
September 8, 2005)

CO 3/3 St. Anthony's had a grade school with 293-267 students, and a high school with 131-138 students.
1968 1970 St. John the Evangelist


At least one man has accused White of sexually assaulting him when he was a boy at this parish. (Rocky Mountain News, September 8, 2005)

CO 2/2

St. John's had a school with 197-178 students.

1970 1978 St. Patrick's


Accused in 2005 of having sexually abused a boy at this parish in the early 1970s. (Denver Post
July 26, 2005)

CO 1/1, 1/2  
1970 1978 St. Mary's Eagle CO   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Minturn.
1970 1978 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Red Cliff CO   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Minturn.
1970 1978 The Interfaith Chapel Vail CO   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Minturn.
1978 1981 St. Mary's


Accused of having sexually abused at least one boy while at this parish. The boy told his parents, who contacted the archdiocese and White was "gone within the week." (The Aspen Times, August 4, 2005)

CO 1/1  
1981 1983 Church of the Good Shepherd Denver CO 3/4 This parish had a school, preschool through eight grade.
1983 1986 SS. Peter and Paul Wheat Ridge CO 3/3, 2/3
This parish had a school with 398-370 students.


James Francis Stafford became bishop after Casey (1986-1996)

1989 St. Anne's Grand Lake CO 1/1  
1986 1987   Walden CO   This was a mission of St. Anne's in Grand Lake.
1987 1989 Our Lady of the Snow Granby CO   This was a mission of St. Anne's in Grand Lake.
1987 1989 St. Bernard Fraser-Winter Park CO   This was a mission of St. Anne's in Grand Lake.
1989 1990 Holy Names Steamboat Springs CO 2/2  
1989 1990   Oak Creek CO   This was a mission of Holy Names in Steamboat Springs
1990 1993 St. Patrick's Minturn CO 2/2  
1990 1993 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Red Cliff CO   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Minturn.
1990 1993 The Interfaith Chapel Vail CO   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Minturn.
1990 1993 Avon Catholic Community Beaver Creek CO   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Minturn.
1990 1992 St. Mary's Eagle CO 1/1 Administrator  


Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M.Cap. replaced Stafford as archbishop (1997- )

2002 Absent on Leave      

White no longer appears in the Directories after 2002.

White left active ministry in 1993, was defrocked by the Vatican in 2004, and died in 2006 while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico. (Rocky Mountain News, November 17, 2006)

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1961-2002).

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.

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy & Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.



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