Rev. Luke Zimmer,

Summary of Case: Zimmer was a Sacred Hearts priest who founded the Apostolate of Christian Renewal, through which he traveled the U.S. directing parish renewals. He also lead retreats and pilgrimages worldwide. He was accused in a 1993 lawsuit of having abused a girl in Wisconsin from 1979-1980. Zimmer died in 1997.

: 1954

Died: 1997


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Manchester Bishop was Matthew Francis Brady (1944-1959)

1955 Queen of Peace Mission Seminary Jaffrey NH 9/12  


Fall River bishop was James Louis Connolly (1951-1970)

1957 Sacred Hearts Novitiate Fairhaven MA Director of Vocations  
1957 1959 Monastery of the Sacred Hearts Fairhaven MA 18/19, 13/17  


Winona bishop was Edward Aloysius Fitzgerald (1949-1969)

1961 Seminary of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Winona MN Superior The seminary was affiliated with St. Mary's College in Winona.


Los Angeles archbishop was James Francis Aloysius McIntyre (1948-1970)

1967 Bishop Amat Memorial High School La Puente CA   The school had 513-784 boys and 607-788 girls.


Honolulu bishop was James Joseph Sweeney (1941-1968), followed by John Joseph Scanlan (1968-1981)

1968 Sacred Hearts Seminary Hauula, Oahu HI 2/3  
1968 1971? St. Patrick's Oahu, Honolulu HI

15/16, 14/15

In residence.

Parish had a school with 775-781 students.

Zimmer is indexed but is not listed in the Honolulu diocesan pages of the 1971 Directory as at St. Patrick's.

1968 1971? St. James Palolo HI   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Hauula, Oahu.
1971 1973   Kaneohe HI   Zimmer is indexed in the 1972 and 1973 Directories as at P.O. Box 797 in Kaneohe. The Sacred Hearts' Center-Bethany was at P.O. Box 787. Zimmer is not listed there in the Honolulu diocesan pages.


McIntyre was succeeded as Los Angeles archbishop by Timothy Manning (1970-1985), followed by Ronger Michael Mahony (1985- )

1976 Christ the King Center Los Angeles CA 2/7, 2/4 This was a Sacred Hearts Fathers' residence.



1981 Sacred Hearts Fathers Apostolate of Christian Renewal-Christ the King Center


• Zimmer was accused in a 1993 lawsuit of abusing a girl from 1979-1980 at a Christian Renewal Center in Wisconsin


1/2, 1/3, 1/4


Zimmer gave parish renewals throughout the U.S. He also directed retreats and lead pilgrimages around the world.
1981 1988 Apostolate of Christian Renewal-Christ the King Center La Puente CA 1/1  
1982 1989 Congregation of the Sacred Hearts La Verne CA 6/8, 2/4, 2/5, 3/6, 2/4  
1989 1997 Apostolate of Christian Renewal-Christ the King Cente Holy Family Home of Peace

Fillmore CA 1/1 Zimmer died Jan. 7,1997 (Memorial Mass Homily Jan. 7, 1997)


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-2000)

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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 8, 2011