Fr. Anthony M. Canu (Franciscan) – Diocese of Richmond

Father Anthony M. Canu

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1955

Removed: 1973

Died: 2019

Laicized: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955-1959      Franciscan Preparatory Seminary (Hollidaysburg, PA)
  • 1959-1961      Holy Family; Our Lady of the Angels Academy (Belle Prairie, MN) 
  • 1961-1962      St. Francis Convent Chaplains’ Residence (Little Falls, MN)
  • 1962-1964      Franciscan Preparatory Seminary (Hollidaysburg, PA)
  • 1964-1965      Sweetest Heart of Mary (Polish) (Detroit, MI)
  • 1965-1968      Franciscan Preparatory Seminary (Hollidaysburg, PA)
  • 1968-1974      The James Barry-Robinson High School and Home for Boys (Norfolk, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Anthony M. Canu:

Father Anthony M. Canu was a priest of the Third Order Regular Franciscans.  He was assigned to the Dioceses St. Cloud, Altoona, Detroit, and Richmond. His assignments included a high school seminary, a high school and home for boys, and several parishes. 

According to media reports, in January 2014, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of St. Cloud’s list of 33 clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No further information on where or when the abuse occurred was disclosed. In June 2019, his name was added to the Diocese of Richmond’s list. It noted that he was removed from ministry in 1973. His whereabouts beyond 1974 are unknown. He was laicized, and died in 2019.

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