Assignment History– Rev. Ronald Sam Gilardi, O.F.M. Cap.

Summary of Case: Ronald Sam Gilardi was ordained for the Capuchin Franciscans in 1988. He taught at St. Thomas More Prep - Marian High School in Hays, Kansas until 1996, which shared an address with the Capuchins' St. Bonaventure Friary. He resided there until 1995. In 1996 Gilardi was moved to Victoria, Kansas, where he was involved with the Capuchin Center for Spiritual Life and, from 1997-2000, he was the sole priest at St. Catharine's in Catharine, Kansas.

In June 2000 Gilardi was arrested after a report was filed that he had sexually abused a 14-year-old male St. Thomas More Prep - Marian High student in 1993-1994. The boy was a boarder from Texas. Charges included criminal sodomy and indecent liberties with a child. His victim said Gilardi plied him with tobacco, alcohol and pornography. Gilardi pleaded guilty to the indecent liberties charge; he was ordered to spend 32 months in a treatment facility, followed by five years' probation. His order sent him to the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, Missouri.

As of November 2017 Gilardi appears to have been registered as a Missouri Sex Offender. His last known address is that of the RECON/Wounded Brothers Project in Robertsville, Missouri.

: 1988


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Diocese of Salina

Bishop was George Kinzie Fitzimons (1984-2004).

1995 St. Bonaventure Friary Hays KS  



1988 1996 St Thomas More Prep - Marian High School


GIlardi was arrested in June 2000 after accusations that he had sexually abused a 14-year-old male student at TMP-Marian High during 1993-1994. The priest was charged with criminal sodomy, indecent liberties with a child and other sexual offenses. The boy, who was from Texas, was a boarder at the school. Gilardi was said to have plied him with tobacco, alcohol and pornography.

KS teacher

St. Thomas More Prep - Marian High and St. Bonaventure Friary shared an address.; the Capuchin friars were involved with the school. The school had a college prep program with a residency program for boys, and a special program for candidates for priesthood and religious life. The school overall had 276-342 students.


1995 1996 St. Joseph Friary Hays KS In residence.  
1996 1997 St. Fidelis Friary Victoria KS    
1996 2000 Capuchin Center for Spiritual Life Victoria KS    
1997 2000 St. Catharine's Catharine KS 1/1 Gilardi is not indexed beyond the 2000 Directory.
2000       MO  

Gilardi pleaded guilty in May 2001 to indecent liberties with a child. He was ordered in July 2001 to spend 32 months in a treatment facility, followed by five years' probation. He was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete's Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, MO.

Gilardi's victim filed a lawsuit in Texas in March 2001. In August 2001 the lawsuit was dismissed, due to jurisdictional problems. It was refiled in Kansas. The high school settled for $30,000 with Gilardi's victim in December 2001.

A November 2017 Google search shows Gilardi to have been on the Missouri Sex Offender Registry, his last known address that of the RECON/Wounded Brothers Project in Robertsville.

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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1981-2000).

Suit Claims Molestation by Priest, by Toni Heinzl, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 8, 2001
Lawsuit against Hays High School Dismissed in Texas, Associated Press, August 5, 2001 
 Sex Assault Lawsuit Belongs in Kansas, Judge Rules Case Involves Priest's Molestation of a Texan in That State, by Toni Heinzl, Fort Worth Star Telegram, August 3, 2001
 Priest Pleaded, Kansas City Star, May 12, 2001 
High School Settles Lawsuit Over Molestation by Priest, Associated Press, December 5, 2001
Hays High School Settles Priest Molestation Suit, Wichita Eagle (AP), December 5, 2001
 A Quiet Refuge — under Watchful Eyes, by Tim O'Neil and Patricia Rice, St. Louis Post Dispatch, March 3, 2002
 Dodge, Salina dioceses release sex-abuse stats, by Bill Wilson, Hutchinson News, February 27, 2004
Abusive Priests Often End up in St. Louis, by Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 19, 2005
Salina Diocese, by Shaun Hittle, Lawrence Journal-World, June 25, 2010
Ronald Sam Gilardi - Missouri Sex Offender Profile,, accessed November 16, 2017

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This assignment record was last updated on November 16, 2017.


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