Msgr. Lawrence H. St. Peter—Assignment
Summary of Case: Abuse case settled on July 1, 2008.
Incardinated: Denver archdiocese 1959-2003
Archbishop was Urban J. Vehr (1931-67).
|1970||St. John the Evangelist||Denver||CO||2/3, 3/3. Pastor was Msgr. John P. Moran. Other priest was Rev. Robert Durrie, who was replaced in 1960 by Rev. Gerard F. Cusack. Rev. Paul F. Wicker replaced Cusack in 1964. In 1969, Moran and Durrie were replaced by Revs. Frank G. Morfeld and William J. Sulzman. St. Peter remained, but in residence as the third priest.||School had 440 pupils in 1959-60.|
Archbishop was James V. Casey (1967-86).
|1972||Archdiocesan Schools||Denver||CO||Assistant superintendent. Superintendent was Msgr. William H. Jones. St. Peter's office was located at 938 Bannock St. in Denver, which housed The National Register newspaper. In 1970 St. Peter was named Central Area Director of the Catholic Education Office, still under Jones. St. Peter's office was at 1361 Detroit St. in Denver.||St. Peter was replaced as Central Area Director in 1972 by a nun, Sr. Mary Elise, C.PP.S.|
|1970||1972||Mother of God||Denver||CO||2/2, 2/3, in residence. Other priest was Rt. Rev. Walter Canavan. In 1971, Rev. Robert M. Harrington arrived, also in residence. Harrington was the archdiocesan vocation director.||No school.|
|1972||1982||Holy Family||Denver||CO||1/3, 1/2, 1/3, pastor. Other priests were Revs. Thomas Dona and Roger W. Mollison (in residence). In 1974, Rev. Philip S. Meredith replaced Dona. In 1975, Rev. Edward Poehlmann, Western area Director for the schools, replaced Mollison in residence. In 1976, Meredith and Poehlmann were replaced by Revs. Martin J. Schuck and John F. Wind (in residence). Schuck was a Brooklyn priest who had been on sick leave, and Wind was chaplain of the Holy Family high school. Schuck left in 1977 and returned to parish work in Brooklyn. In 1978, Rev. Bert Chilson arrived as #2 priest. In 1980, Rev. Robert J. Reycraft replaced Chilson and Wind is on staff, instead of in residence.||In 1972-73 elementary school had 349 pupils and the high school had 487. In the 1977 Directory, the high school began to be listed separate from the parish in an Inter-Parochial High Schools section.|
|1978||1980||East Denver Deanery||Denver||CO||Dean|
|1982||1985||Immaculate Heart of Mary||Northglenn||CO||2/3. Pastor was Rev. William E. Breslin. Other priest was Rev. George W. Kearney.||No school. In the 1983 Directory, first indexed as Peter, Lawrence H. St. Previously he had been indexed under St. Peter.|
Archbishop was J. Francis Stafford (1986-96).
Vicar for Priests
In 1987 Directory, and Liaison for the Seminary was added to title; changed to for St. Thomas Seminary in 1988 Directory.
|Denver||CO||Called Very Rev. in this listing, but Rev. in parish listing until 1986 Directory.|
|1985||1989||Mother of God||Denver||CO||1/2. Listed in the parish as Very Rev. Other priest was Rev. Robert Freudenstein. In 1986, Rev. David Sobieszczyk replaced Freudenstein.||No school.|
|1986||1988||Presbyteral Council||Denver||CO||Member. Stafford was the president. Members are first listed in the 1987 Directory. Possibly St. Peter was a member before 1986.|
|1989||1993||Church of the Risen Christ||Denver||CO||1/3, 1/2, pastor. Other priests were Revs. John W. Krenzke and Harold E. Weidman SJ. Weidman left in 1990. Deacon Richard Bowles arrived in 1991.||No school.|
|1989||1993||Southeast Denver Deanery||Denver||CO||Dean|
Archbishop was Charles J. Chaput (1997-present).
|2002||Absent on Leave||So listed in the 1994-2002 Directory.|
|2002||8/18/03||Status unknown||Not indexed or listed in the 2003 Directory.|
|8/18/03||Died||Death reported in the Denver necrology section of the 2004 Directory, without an account of St. Peter's status or location. General necrology in the back of the 2004 Directory did not list him.|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1960-2004). See also Church Settles 18 Suits, by Electa Draper, Denver Post (7/2/08); Archdiocese to Pay $5.5 Million to Erase 'Stain', by Berny Morson and Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News (7/2/08); Denver Archdiocese to Pay $5.5 Million in Abuse Suit, by Dan Frosch, New York Times (7/2/08).
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This assignment record collates St. Peter's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with the allegation as it is reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report. We remind our readers that in the U.S. judicial system, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.
A Note on Nomenclature: We use the term "assignment record," instead of the more common "service record," because "service" is not an appropriate word for the activities of an abusive priest. Dioceses are often less than forthcoming about the activities of retired priests, but when we can determine those activities, we list them in these assignment records, particularly if they involve ministry. Retired priests remain under obedience to their bishop, and even the activities of laicized priests should be a concern to the diocese.
This assignment record was last updated on July 2, 2008.