Assignment Record Rev. Anthony Canu, T.O.R.

Summary of Case: Anthony Canu was a priest of the Third Order Regular Franciscans, ordained in 1955. Canu's name was included on the St. Cloud diocese's January 3, 2014 list of 33 priests clergy against whom there had been “likely claims of sexual abuse of minors.” Canu worked in the diocese 1959-1962. In addition to St. Cloud, he was assigned to the dioceses of Altoona PA, Detroit MI and Richmond VA. His assignments included a high school seminary, a high school and home for boys, and several parishes. His whereabouts beyond 1974 are unknown.

Ordained: 1955



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Altoona bishop was Richard Thomas Guilfoyle (1936-1957); the diocese's name was changed to Altoona- Johnstown in 1957. Its bishop was Howard Joseph Carroll (1957-1960).

1959 Franciscan Preparatory Seminary


PA Facilities Manager 1956-1957



St. Cloud bishop was Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968).

1961 Holy Family

Belle Prairie


MN 2/2 In residence



    Our Lady of the Angels Academy Belle Prairie MN   This assignment is per media reports.


1962 St. Francis Convent Chaplains' Residence Little Falls MN    


Altoona-Johnstown bishop was Joseph Carroll McCormick (1960-1966).
1964 Franciscan Preparatory Seminary Hollidaysburg PA    


Detroit archbishop was John Francis Dearden (1958-1980).

1965 Sweetest Heart of Mary (Polish) Detroit MI 3/3 In residence Sweetest Heart of Mary had a grade school with 113 boys and 83 girls, and a high school with 42 boys and 90 girls.


McCormick was succeeded as Altoona-Johnstown bishop by James John Hogan (1966-1986).

1968 Franciscan Preparatory Seminary Hollidaysburg PA Prefect of Discipline; Vicar Prior 1967-1968  


Richmond bishop was John Joyce Russell (1958-1973), followed by Walter Francis Sullivan (1974-2003).

1974 The James Barry-Robinson High School and Home for Boys Norfolk VA Assistant Headmaster and Vicar 1971-1974

James Barry-Robinson had 95-20 boys.

Canu is not indexed beyond the 1974 Directory.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-1975)

Press Release from +Donald J. Kettler Bishop of Saint Cloud, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud via WJON, January 3, 2014
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 June 30, 2015.