Bp. Louis Gelineau – Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1953 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1950-1953      St. Joseph’s Orphanage (Burlington, VT)
  • 1954-1956      All Saints (Richford, VT)
  • 1954-1956      Our Lady of Lourdes (East Berkshire, VT)
  • 1956-1957      St. Stephen’s (Winooski, VT)
  • 1957-1959      Catholic University (Washington, DC)
  • 1957-1961      Assistant Chancellor (Burlington, VT)
  • 1957-1971      Diocesan Tribunal (Burlington, VT)
  • 1959-1961      DeGoesbriand Memorial Hospital (Burlington, VT)
  • 1959-1966      Holy Childhood Association (Burlington, VT)
  • 1963-1971      Administrative Council (Burlington, VT)
  • 1961-1967      Chancellor and Secretary (Burlington, VT)  
  • 1967-1971      Vicar General and Chancellor (Burlington, VT)
  • 1971-1997      Bishop (Providence, RI)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Bishop Louis Gelineau:

Bishop Louis Gelineau was a priest of the Diocese of Burlington for 27 years. He was named Bishop of Providence in December 1971, serving in that role until he retired in  June 1997. In 2004, he moved to St. Antoine Residence in Smithfield, Rhode Island and serves as chaplain. He is 91 years old.

According to media reports, in 1997, Bishop Gelineau was accused in a lawsuit of trying to fondle and then drown an 11-or 12-year-old boy in 1951 at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington. At the time, Bishop Gelineau was a brother and worked at the orphanage during the summers. He denied the accusation in a 1997 deposition. He also denied having sexual contact with an altar boy in 1993.

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