Assignment Record– Rev. Charles M. DeGuire

Summary of Case: Charles M. DeGuire was ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1934. He assisted in parishes in University City and St. Louis, and pastored parishes in Folk, St. Mary's, and St. Louis. He retired in 1976 and died in 1982. DeGuire was accused in a lawsuit filed June 21, 2016 of sexually abusing an altar boy beginning in 1967, when the boy was a 10-year-old 5th grader, and continuing until the boy was in 8th grade.

: 1934
Died: April 20, 1982


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of St. Louis

Archbishop was John Joseph Glennon (1903-1946), followed by Joseph Elmer Ritter (1946-1967).

1947 Our Lady of Lourdes University City MO 3/3, 2/2, 2/3

Our Lady of Lourdes had a school with 257-300 students.



Archdiocese of St. Louis

1950 St. Matthew, Apostle St. Louis MO 3/4, 2/3  


Archdiocese of St. Louis until Folk became part of theDiocese of Jefferson City, which was established July 2, 1956.

Jefferson City bishop was

1957 St. Anthony of Padua Folk MO 1/1 St. Anthony's had a school with 45-30 students.


Archdiocese of St. Louis

1962 Immaculate Conception St. Mary's MO 1/1 Immaculate Conception had a school with 115-133 students.


Archdiocese of St. Louis

Ritter was succeeded as St. Louis archbishop by John Joseph Carberry (1968-1979).

1976 St. Aloysius Gonzaga

St. Louis

DeGuire was accused in a June 2016 lawsuit of sexually abusing a St. Aloysius altar boy beginning when the boy was a 10-year-old 5th grader in 1967, and continuing until the boy was in 8th grade. The abuse is said to have taken place at the parish and on a boat, and included DeGuire forcing the boy to perform oral sex on him. DeGuire's accused said that a visiting priest knew what was going on, and that another priest participated.

MO 1/2, 2/3 St. Aloysius had a school with 327-180 students.


Archdiocese of St. Louis

John Lawrence May replaced Carberry as St. Louis archbishop (1980-1992).

1982 Retired/Regina Cleri Home St. Louis MO   DeGuire died April 20, 1982.

: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1935-1983).

Suit filed against Archdiocese of St. Louis alleges sexual abuse by deceased priest, By Ashley Jost, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 21, 2016
Man Sues Archdiocese of St. Louis Alleging Abuse by Priest, Washington Times, June 22, 2016

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This assignment record was last updated on August 6, 2016.


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