Fr. Ronald Vincent Gronowski

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Gaylord MI

Ordained for the Diocese of Saginaw. Became priest of the Gaylord diocese when it was created in 1971. Transferred in 1/1993 to the Diocese of Honolulu. Resigned in 5/2002 after a review of his personnel file showed allegations in 1994 that he was involved in sexual misconduct with a teenage boy over several years in the 1970s. His victim had complained to the Diocese that Gronowski was in active ministry. Gronowski admitted his behavior and apologized publicly. His victim said that Gronowski also had a “sexual relationship” with another teenager, who confirmed this in 1994. Gronowski was sent to treatment. Confidential settlement of $50K in 1995. Faculties for public ministry removed in 1996 by Honolulu bishop. Returned to MI, allowed to minister. Allegation in 2005 of abuse of a minor in the late 1960s. In 2024 there were three known allegations of the sexual abuse of minors and two young men 1969-1981. Also allegedly received pornography at a parish rectory in 2002 and showed it to kids. Grownowski moved to St. Petersburg FL in 2011. Included on the Diocese’s list 11/10/2018. On the Saginaw diocese’s list 4/10/2019. Included in the MI Attorney General’s 1/8/2024 Gaylord report. 

Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.