Assignment Record– Rev. Henry G. Carriere

Summary of Case: Henry G. Carriere was ordained for the Crookston MN diocese in 1946. He served parishes in Crookston, Fertile, Bemidji, Argyle, Radium, Guthrie, Laporte, Blackduck, Brooks, Plummer, Terrebonne, Roseau and Badger. He was also chaplain at a Park Rapids hospital in the 1950s. He retired in 1990. In December 1991 Carriere pleaded guilty to three counts of child sexual abuse. He died in 2003.

Born: May 9, 1920
Ordained: June 16, 1946
Died: November 3, 2003



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Crookston bishop was Francis Joseph Schenk (1945-1960).

1948 St. Anne's


MN 2/2

St. Anne's had a school 1946-47 with 106 students (the 1948 Directory does not list a school.)


1948 St. Joseph's Fertile MN   This was a mission of St. Anne's in Crookston.


1950 St. Philip's Bemidji MN 2/2 St. Philip's had a school with 285 students.
1950 1952 St. Rose of Lima Argyle MN 2/2 St. Rose's had a school with 112-120 students.
1950 1952 St. Mary's Radium MN   This was a mission of St. Rose of Lima in Argyle.
1952 1955 St. Joseph's Hospital Park Rapids MN chaplain  
1952 1955 St. Lawrence Guthrie MN administrator This was a mission of St. Philip's in Bemidji.
1952 1955 St. Theodore Laporte MN   This was a mission of St. Philip's in Bemidji.
1955 1955 St. Ann's Blackduck MN   Carriere is indexed in the 1956 Directory as at St. Ann's, but is not listed as there in the Crookston pages.


Schenk was succeeded by Lawrence Alexander Glenn (1960-1970), followed by Kenneth Joseph Povish (1970-1975).

1972 St. Joseph's Brooks MN 1/1  
1964 1969 St. Vincent's Plummer MN 1/1 This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Brooks.
1969 1972 St. Anthony's Terrebonne MN 1/1 This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Brooks.
1971 1974 Clergy Relief Society Crookston MN    


Victor Herman Balke replaced Povish as Crookston bishop (1976-2007).


1982 St. Rose of Lima Argyle MN 1/1 St. Rose's had a school with 84-63 students.
1982 1990 Sacred Heart Roseau MN 1/1  
1982 1990 St. Mary's Badger MN  

This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Roseau.

Carriere retired July 2, 1990.

1990 1996 Retired Roseau MN    
1996 2000 Retired Badger MN    
2000 2003 Retired Crookston MN   Carriere lived at Villa St. Vincent, which was a skilled nursing facility. He died November 3, 2003.


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

Grand Forks Herald, December 19, 1991
Fr. Henry Carriere, 83, Thief River Falls Times & Northern Watch, No Date
The Diocese of Crookston releases names of priests accused of abuse, By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio,
January 26, 2014
Crookston Diocese Releases Names of Six Priests Accused of Abusing Minors, By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, January 27, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on December 23, 2015.