Assignment Record – Rev. Kenneth Gansmann, o.f.m.

Summary of Case: Gansmann was ordained a priest of the Springfield, IL - based Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart in 1935.
He ministered in Chicago and Joliet schools and parishes until 1948, when he was transferred to the St. Paul archdiocese. In 1959 he was moved back to Chicago for a year, and then to Nashville, TN, where he pastored a parish until his death in 1974. In 2007 a man reported to the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese that he was sexually abused by Gansmann in Minnesota many decades previously. Archdiocesan officials deemed his allegations credible; documents show they also had reason to believe the man wasn't Gansmann's only victim. The allegations against Gansmann weren't made public by the archdiocese until February 2014.

Ordained: June 24, 1935
Died: May 21, 1974


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Springfield bishop was James Aloysius Griffin (1923-1948).

1936 St. Joseph's Seminary Teutopolis IL This was a House of Theological Studies for the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart.


Chicago archbishop was George William Mundelein (1915-1939).

1939 St. Augustine's (German) Chicago IL 3/3 St. Augustine's had a school with 1107-1050 students.


Mundelein was succeeded by Samuel Alphonsus Stritch (1939-1958).

1944         Gansmann is indexed in the 1940-1944 Directories as at St. Augustine's, but he is not listed as there in the Chicago archdiocesan pages.
1944 1945         Gansmann is indexed in the 1945 Directory as at Corpus Christi ("Colored") in Chicago, but he is not listed as there in the archdiocesan pages. The parish had a school with 800 students.
1945 1948 College of St. Francis Joliet IL chaplain This was a resident and day school for young women.


The Joliet diocese was established in Dec. 1948. Its first bishop was Martin Dewey McNamara (1948-1966).

1948 St. John Friary Joliet IL    


St. Paul archbishop was John Gregory Murry (1931-1956), followed by William Otterwell Brady (1956-1961).

1958 St. John the Evangelist Campus of St. Wenceslaus New Prague MN Pastor This assignment is per news reports.



1959 St. John the Baptist's

Jordan (Union Hill)

• In 2007 a man reported to the archdiocese that Gansmann sexually abused him during his time at St. John the Baptist's. Vicar-General Rev. Kevin McDonough wrote in a 2008 letter to three New Prague area priests," ...we have good reason to believe that the man who came forward to speak with us is not the only one to have suffered such abuse by Fr. Gansmann."


7/7, 5/6, 6/6, 4/7

In residence 1951-1959.

St. John's had a school with 225-320 students.

The St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese did not make the allegations against Gansmann public until Feb. 2014.


Chicago archbishop was Albert Gregory Meyer (1958-1965).

1960 St. Peter's Church in the Loop Chicago IL 17/31  
1960 1974 St. Vincent De Paul Nashville TN 1/2, 1/3, 1/1

St. Vincent's had a school with 516-247 students.

Gansmann died May 21, 1974.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1936-1975)

Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis Assignment Record, Feb. 16, 2014
Rev. Kenneth John Gansmann (1909-1974),
Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis list of Priests Accused of Abuse, revised Feb. 17, 2014
Archdiocese Names More Priests Credibly Accused of Abuse, By Euan Kerr St. Paul, Minnesota Public Radio, February 17, 2014
Accused priests: Who they are, where they’ve served, what’s alleged, Minnesota Public Radio, Feb. 20, 2014 |

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This assignment record was last updated on March 2, 2014.