Rev. Thomas F. Garthwaite

Ordained: 1955

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Bishop of the La Crosse diocese was John Patrick Treacy (1948-1964)

1957 St. Patrick's Mauston WI


Pastor was Rev. John T. Murphy. Second priest was Francis P. Rushman.

St. Patrick's had a school with 353-369 students.
1957 1960 Holy Cross Seminary La Crosse WI Faculty member Seminary had 253 students.
1960 1963 St. Stephen's Steven's Point WI


Pastor was Very Rev. John R. McGinley (head of Wausau deanery)

St. Stephen's had a school with 570 students.


Frederick William Freking replaced Treacy as Bishop (1964-1983)

1967 Sacred Heart of Jesus


Accused in 1991 of sexually abusing and physically beating a 14 year old girl 1963-1966, at Sacred Heart.


3/3, 2/3

Third after pastor, Very Rev. LaVern H. Timmerman and Rev. James J. Lodzinski. In 1966, Garthwaite is assistant pastor to Timmerman, and Rev. James J. Logan is listed third.

Sacred Heart had a school with 420-485 students.
1967 1970 St. Joseph's Hospital Arcadia WI Chaplain


1970 1975 St. Patrick's Sparta WI


Pastor was Rev. Bernard T. Kelly.

St. Patrick's had a school with around 190 students.
1975 1981 St. Anthony's Augusta WI 1/1  
1975 1981 St. John the Apostle Fall Creek WI 1/1 St. John's was a mission church of St. Anthony's


John Joseph Paul replaced Freking as Bishop (1983-1994)

1984 St. Joseph's Kendall WI 1/1  
1981 1984 St. Patrick's Elroy WI 1/1 St. Patrick's was a mission church of St. Joseph's in Kendall.
1981 1984 St. John the Baptist Wilton WI 1/1 St. John's was a mission church of St. Joseph's in Kendall.
1984 1986 ? ? ?   Garthwaite is not listed in the Directories for these years.
1986 1987 Absent on Sick Leave ? ?    
1987 1991 Sacred Heart Jim Falls WI 1/1  
1987 1991 St. Anthony's Drywood WI    
1991 1992 Diocesan Presbyteral Council     member  


Raymond Leo Burke followed Paul as Bishop (1994-2003)

1999 Retired West St. Paul MN    
1999 2002 Retired Cashton WI   Garthwaite no longer appears in the Directories after 2002.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1956-2002).

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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