Assignment Record– Rev. Gregory H. Poser, o.s.c.

Summary of Case: Gregory Poser was ordained for the The Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (Crosiers) in 1975. He worked in parishes in the Archdioceses of St. Paul-Minneapolis MN, and the Dioceses of Kalamazoo MI and St. Cloud MN. He lived at various times in Crosier communities in the Dioceses of Ft. Wayne-South Bend IN and St. Cloud MN, and the Archdioceses of Chicago IL and St. Paul-Minneapolis MN. In 1991 he was transferred to Indonesia, where he lived and worked as a missionary for many years. In 2003 he returned to MN, where he assisted simultaneously at three parishes and a mission church. Poser was suspended from those assignments in May 2016, when the diocese received a report that he had sexually abused a minor when he was working at Shoreview MN parish in the 1970s.

: 1975


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State/
Position Notes


Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis MN

Archbishop was John Robert Roach (1975-1995).

1978 St. Odilia's


Poser was accused in 2016 of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s while assigned to St. Odilia's.

MN 2/3

St. Odilia's had a school with 429-470 students.



Diocese of Kalamazoo MI

Bishop was Paul Vincent Donovan (1971-1994).

1979 Immaculate Conception Three Rivers MI 2/3 Immaculate Conception had a school with 101 students.
1978 1979 St. Joseph's White Pigeon MI   This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in Three Rivers.
1978 1979 St. Clare's Centreville MI    


Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend IN

Bishop was William Edward McManus (1976-1985).

1982 Crosier House of Studies Ft. Wayne IN Vocations 1979-80; Residency Director 1979-80 and 1981-82. Chaplain1980-82.  
1982 1983 Crosier Retreat Center Ft. Wayne IN    
1983 1984 Crosier Fathers and Brothers Garrett IN    


Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis MN

Archbishop was John Robert Roach (1975-1995).

1985 St. Odilia's Shoreview MN 2/5

St. Odilia's had a school with 504 students.


Diocese of Kalamazoo MI

Bishop was Bishop was Paul Vincent Donovan (1971-1994).

1989 St. Joseph's Kalamazoo MI 1/5, 1/4 St. Joseph's had a school with 243-222 students.


Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis MN

Archbishop was John Robert Roach (1975-1995).

1990 Crosier Community of Anoka Anoka MN In residence.  


Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1982-1996).

1991 Crosier Community of Chicago Chicago IL    
1991 2003 Crosier Foreign Missions Irian Jaya Indonesia   The Crosiers did missionary work among the Asmat tribes of Irian Jaya beginning in 1958.


Diocese of St. Cloud

Bishop was John Francis Kinney (1995-2013), followed by Donald Joseph Kettler (2013-).

2016 Crosier Monastery Onamia MN    
2007 2011 Pastoral Council St. Cloud MN    
2004 May 2016 St. Rita's Hillman MN 3/3 St. Rita's had a religious education program with 59-41 students.
2004 May 2016 The Church of the Holy Cross of Onamia Onamia MN 3/3 Holy Cross had a religious education program with 51-30 students.
2004 May 2016 St. Therese Little Flower Indian Mission Onamia MN 3/3  
2004 May 2016 Sacred Heart Wahkon MN 3/3

Sacred Heart had a religious education program with 31-46 students.

Poser was suspended from ministry in May 2016 after the diocese received a report that he had sexually abused a minor in the 1970s, while assigned to St. Odilia's in Shoreview MN.

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, 1976-2014).

Crosier priest removed from ministry, By David Unze, St. Cloud Times, May 10, 2016

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This assignment record was last updated on May 15, 2016.


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