Assignment Record – Rev. Henry M. Lutgen

Summary of Case: Henry M. Lutgen was ordained a priest of the St. Cloud MN diocese in 1947. Through most of the 1950s into the early 1960s, Lutgen was superintendent of the St. Cloud Children's Home and director of Catholic Charities. He also served on the diocese's Marriage Tribunal. In 1961 he went on to pastor a parish in St. Wendel MN for a year, moving the following year to Melrose MN, where was an assistant and then pastor of a parish, as well as chaplain of hospital and nursing facility. He is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directories after 1969. Lutgen is deceased. Public records show a Rev. Henry Michael Lutgen who was born in Minnesota in 1992 and died in in California in 1980. He left a wife, and a son born in 1969.

Lutgen's name was included on the St. Cloud diocese's list released in January 2014 of clergy who were "likely involved in the sexual abuse of minors."

Ordained: 1947



Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Cloud bishop was Joseph Francis Busch (1915-1953).


St. Mary's

Alexandria MN 2/2  


Washington DC archbishop was

1952 Catholic University Washington DC    


Busch was succeeded as St. Cloud bishop by Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968).

1962 St. Cloud Children's Home St. Cloud MN Superintendent The Children's Home (or "orphanage" as it was called until 1952) had 100-80 children, 24-30 of them "exceptional" or "retarded." The 1959-1961 Directories show 69-73 children in foster care.
1952 1956 Tribunal Marriage Relations Council St. Cloud MN member  
1954 1957 Tribunal St. Cloud MN Notarii  
1953 1962 Catholic Charities St. Cloud   Assistant Director 1953-1957; Director 1957-1962  
1961 1962 St. Columbkille's St. Wendel MN 1/1  


George Henry Speltz replacedBartholome (1968-1987).

1969 St. Mary's Melrose MN

3/3, 3/4, 2/2, 1/3, 1/2

In residence 1962-1965.

St. Mary's had a school with 479-404 students.
    Pine Villa Melrose MN   This assignment is per news reports.
    Community Hospital Melrose MN   This assignment is per news reports.




1969 St. Bernard

Ward Springs MN  

This was a mission of St. Mary's in Melrose.

Lutgen is not indexed beyond the 1969 Directory. He is deceased.

An internet search yields sources showing a Rev. Henry Michael Lutgen who was born July 13,
1922 in Albany MN and died December 12, 1980 in Escondido CA. He left a wife, and a son born in September 1969. His gravestone names him "Harry M. Lutgen."


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1948-1969)

Press Release from Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of Saint Cloud, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud via WJON, January 3, 2014
The Diocese of St Cloud Release Their List of 33 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant, Legal Examiner, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Releases List of Clergy Accused of Abuse, By Frank Lee, St. Cloud Times, January 4, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Reveals Names of Priests Accused of Abusing Children, By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Bishop Releases Names of 33 Accused Priests, By Alex Svejkovsky, WJON, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Issues Revision to Clergy Abuse List, St. Cloud Times, January 31, 2014
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This assignment record was last updated on January 26, 2015.