Assignment Record Rev. Adalbert J. Wolski, T.O.R.

Summary of Case: Adalbert Wolski was ordained a Third Order Regular of St. Francis priest in 1958. He was assigned to parishes, seminaries and at least one high school in dioceses including Altoona-Johnstown PA, Coronel Oviedo in Paraguay, St. Cloud MN, St. Paul and Minneapolis MN, Washington DC, Youngstown OH and Wheeling-Charleston WV. He died in 2012 at his order's monastery in Hollidaysburg PA. In January 2014 Adalbert's name was included on a list released by the St. Cloud MN diocese of clergy with likely claims against them of sexual abuse of minors. Wolski was assigned to St. Cloud's Cathedral High School 1964-1965.

Born: February 13, 1931
Ordained: June 7, 1958
Died: January 3, 2012



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1958 1959         Wolski is not indexed in the 1959 Directory.


Altoona-Johnstown bishop was Howard Joseph Carroll (1957-1960), followed by Joseph Carroll McCormick (1960-1966).

1961 Franciscan Preparatory Seminary Hollidaysburg PA   This high school seminary had 38 students.


Coronel Oviedo bishop was Jerome Arthur (Gerolamo) Pechillo, T.O.R. (1961-1976).

1964 Prelatura de Coronel Oviedo   Paraguay/S.A.    


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

1965 Cathedral High School

St. Cloud

Adalbert's name was included on a list released by the diocese in January 2014 of clergy with likely claims against them of sexual abuse of minors.

MN   Cathedral High had 719 boys and 903 girls. Wolski lived at St. Louis Monastery in St. Cloud.


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

1970 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Altoona PA 3/3 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had a school with 266-220 students, and two vacation schools with 175 students.
1965 1970 Our Lady of the Assumption Chapel Pleasant Valley PA   This was a mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Altoona.


St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975).

1974 Our Lady of Guadalupe St. Paul MN 1/2, 1/1 Our Lady of Guadalupe had a school until 1972 with 114-92 students.
1974 1977 St. Joseph's Delano MN 1/1  
1977 1979         Wolski is not indexed in the 1978 or 1979 Directories.


Washington D.C. archbishop was William Wakefield Baum (1973-1980), follwed by James Aloysius Hickey (1980-2000).

1983 Third Order Regular of St. Francis Provincial House Silver Spring MD In residence. Referred to in the 1981 Directory as "Very Rev."  


Youngstown bishop was James William Malone (1968-1995).

1986 St. Michael's Windham OH 1/1  
1986 1987         Wolski is not indexed in the 1987 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.


Altoona-Johnstown bishop was Joseph Victor Adamec (1987-2011).

1990 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Barnesboro PA 1/2, 1/1  


Wheeling-Charleston bishop was Bernard William Schmitt (1989-2004).

1991 Our Lady of Grace Romney WV 1/1  
1990 1991 Epiphany of the Lord Moorefield WV 1/1 .



1993         Wolski is not indexed in the 1992 or 1993 Directories, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.


Altoona-Johnstown diocese

2011 St. Joseph Friary Hollidaysburg PA   Wolski retired in 2005.


Mark Leonard Bartchak succeeded Adamec as Altoona-Johnstown bishop (2011-).

2012 St. Bernardine Monastery Hollidaysburg PA   Wolski died January 3, 2012.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2013)

Rev. Adalbert Wolski Obituary, Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 7, 2012
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
St. Cloud Diocese Reveals Names of Priests Accused of Abusing Children, By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Bishop Releases Names of 33 Accused Priests, By Alex Svejkovsky, WJON, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Releases List of Clergy Accused of Abuse, By Frank Lee, St. Cloud Times, January 4, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Issues Revision to Clergy Abuse List, St. Cloud Times, January 31, 2014

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