Former Guardian Angels Priest Suspended Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

By Nancy Hanus
The Patch
October 31, 2011

The Rev. Gary Schulte, 66, pastor of St. Sylvester Parish and formerly associate pastor at Clawson church, has been placed on leave by the archdiocese.

A priest who formerly served as associate pastor at Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson and has served at several other Catholic churches in Metro Detroit has been placed on administrative leave of absence by the Archdiocese of Detroit following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Rev. Gary Schulte, 66, who served at Guardian Angels for a short time right after he was ordained in 1972, has been pastor at St. Sylvester Parish in Warren since 1994.

An allegation of sexual misconduct surfaced in September involving Schulte, "dating back to the early years of his ministry in the Detroit archdiocese," according to a news release put out by the archdiocese last week.

An initial investigation found the complaint to be of sufficient substance to require restrictions on Fr. Schulte's service as a priest, i.e., not allowed to publicly celebrate the Mass or sacraments, and not allowed to present himself publicly as a priest," the archdiocese said in the news release.

Schulte's service in the archdiocese has included:

  • 1972 Associate pastor, Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson

  • 1973 Associate pastor, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Beverly Hills

  • 1975 Chaplain, Macomb County Community College, Warren

  • 1980 Associate pastor, National Shrine of the Little Flower Parish, Royal Oak

  • 1983 Pastor, St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, Madison Heights

  • 1994 Pastor, St. Sylvester Parish, Warren

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