Assignment Record– Rev. Bruce Duncan MacArthur

Summary of Case: Sued 2003 by one woman. Other victims known. Arrested January 2006; charged with abuse of three girls at Beaver Dam WI hospital in 1960s. Admitted abusing thirty girls. Diocese knew of behavior in 1963. Sent to prison in TX in 1978 for abuse of 54-year-old disabled woman who was a nursing home patient and then reassigned as priest. Suits filed July 2007 and September 2007 in WI against Milwaukee archdiocese and Sioux Falls SD diocese by two women, under new WI Supreme Court ruling. WI Supreme Court also ruled that statute of limitations stopped when MacArthur left the state. Convicted and sentenced in August 2008 to to 6 months in jail and 10 years probation, and to serve an additional month every year for 6 years. MacArthur died in February 2012, in TX.

Ordained: 1953
Died: February 2012

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Sioux Falls bishop was William Otterwell Brady (1939-1956)

1955 St. Lawrence's Milbank SD


Parish had a school with 135-171 students.


Lambert Anthony Hoch replaced Brady as bishop (1956-1978)

1957 Sacred Heart Yankton SD 3/3

Parish had a school with 301 students.


Washington DC archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973)

1959 Catholic University Washington DC    
1959 1960 State Hospital Yankton SD Chaplain


1960 1963 St. Peter the Apostle


Sexually abused girls at this parish. When some of them told their parents, Bishop Hoch sent MacArthur away for treatment. (Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD)
June 22, 2003) Five women accused MacArthur in a 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abused them as children from 1961-1963 in the Yankton and Platte areas. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
July 19, 2004)

SD 1/1 MacArthur was treated in 1963 at Via Coeli in Jemez Springs New Mexico. This was a center for deviant priests. (Argus Leader [Sioux Falls, SD]
May 22, 2003)
1960 1963 St. Willibrord's Robey SD   This was a mission of St. Peter the Apostle in Platte.
1963 1965 St. William's


MacArthur was pulled by Hoch from this parish and sent to Milwaukee after another complaint of child sexual abuse. (Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD)
May 22, 2003)

SD 1/1  
1963 1965 St. Ann's Badus SD   This was a mission of St. William's in Ramona.


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1966 St. Philip Neri



WI   The 1966 Directory's Sioux Falls diocesan pages list MacArthur as this WI parish, but he is not listed there in the Milwaukee diocesan pages.
1966 1970 St. Joseph's Hospital

Beaver Dam

Named in a 2003 as having sexually abused a girl, whom he met as a patient at the hospital, from the time she was 10 years old and until she was in high school. (Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD)
May 22, 2003) Sioux Falls bishop Carlson said at the time of the lawsuit that the diocese had records of six allegations against MacArthur. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
July 19, 2004) Additional women have come forward to report sexual abuse by MacArthur while they were hospitalized as children at St. Joseph's. (Fond Du Lac Reporter
January 4, 2008)

WI Chaplain  



1971 St. John de Britto Britton SD 1/1  
1971 1973 St. Boniface Seneca SD 1/1  
1971 1973 Gettysburg Memorial Hospital Gettysburg SD Chaplain  


El Paso bishop was Sidney Matthew Metzger (1942-1978)

1977 St. Patrick's Cathedral

El Paso




In residence.

The 1974 Directory is the only one that both indexes and lists MacArthur as at St. Patrick's. the 1975-1979 Directories index him but do not list him there in the El Paso diocesan pages. The parish had a school.
1977 1979 Prison


MacArthur spent more than two years in prison four attempting to rape a disabled 54-year-old female resident of the Four Seasons Nursing Home in El Paso. (El Paso Times
January 21, 2006)



San Antonio bishop was Patrick Fernandez Flores (1979-2004)

1984 St. James the Apostle

San Antonio

San Antonio Archdiocese announced 6/14 that it had received a credible allegation of abuse of a minor female at St. James Parish in the late 1970s


TX 2/3, 2/2

Parish had a school with 298-369 students.

The 1981 and 1982 Directories' Sioux Falls pages index MacArthur as at St. James, but he is not listed there in the San Antonio diocesan pages.

1980 1982 St. Dominic's San Antonio TX   Per San Antonio archdiocese, June 22, 2014.


Brownsville bishop was John Joseph Fitzpatrick (1971-1991)

1985 St. Joseph's Brownsville TX 4/4 The other priests were of the O.M.I. (Oblates of Mary Immaculate) order.


Galveston-Houston bishop was Joseph Anthony Fiorenza ((1984-2006)


1986 Immaculate Conception Houston TX   Another O.M.I. parish. The Directory's Sioux Falls diocesan pages list him as there, but he's not listed there in the Galveston-Houston diocesan pages.


Victoria bishop was Charles Victor Grahmann (1982-1989)

1987   Port Lavace TX   The Directory's Sioux Falls pages list him as at Box 87, Port Lavace TX.
1987 1988   Kalabo W.P. Zambia    



1989 Catholic Relief Services San Antonio TX    
1989 1990 On duty outside the diocese       The 1990 Directory's Sioux Falls diocesan pages do not indicate where MacArthur was on duty.


El Paso bishop was Raymundo Joseph Pena (1980-1994)

1991   Clint TX    


San Angelo bishop was Michael David Pfeifer, O.M.I. (1985- )

1992 St. Mary's San Angelo TZ  

The address given in the Directory's Sioux Falls pages is for this parish, although MacArthur is not listed there in the San Angelo diocesan pages.

After 1992, MacArthur is no longer indexed in the Directories.

1992 2012        

MacArthur no longer served in ministry after 1992. He lived in New Mexico and in Texas for a time. He eventually became a resident of a surpervised facility for priests in St. Louis, MO. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to having sexually abused three young girls as a hospital chaplain in Wisconsin in the late 1960s. He was sentenced to six months in jail, then one month per year for the six following years. Per a victim's request, he was also to have ten two hour private conversations with her. (TMJ4 August 15, 2008)

MacArthur died in TX in Feburary 2012.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1954-1992).

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