Fr. Gary D. Berthiaume: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Gary D. Berthiaume

Ordained: 1968

  • 1969-1973: St. Joseph’s, Wyandotte, MI (DET)
  • 1974-1978: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Farmington, MI (DET)
  • 1979-1984: On Duty Outside Diocese (DET) – Location Unknown
  • 1985-1987: Unknown
  • 1988: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland, OH (CLV)
  • 1989-1991: Absent on Leave (CLV)
  • 1991-1996: Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle, Warrenville, IL (JOL)
  • 1991: Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL (JOL)
  • 1992-1997: Released from Diocesan Assignment (CLV)
  • 1998-2000: Absent on Leave (CLV) – Cenacle Retreat House, Warrenville, IL (JOL)
  • 2001-2002: Released from Diocesan Assignment (CLV) – Location Unknown
  • 2003-2008: Administrative Leave (CLV) – Location Unknown
  • 2009-2019: Unknown

Fr. Berthiaume is a convicted sexual offender that was first assigned as a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Fr. Berthiaume served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit for approximately 10 years before being convicted of a sexually abusing a young boy and sentenced to six months in prison. Following his release from prison, Fr. Berthiaume was transferred to the Diocese of Cleveland. While in Cleveland, Fr. Berthiaume faced additional allegations of sexual abuse. In 1987, Fr. Berthiaume was moved to the Diocese of Joliet. It is believed that the Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, Bishop Imesch, was aware of Fr. Berthiaume’s history of sexual abuse when he accepted him into the Diocese of Joliet. It is believed that after several more lawsuits were filed against Fr. Berthiaume, Fr. Berthiaume was suspended from ministry in 2002 and eventually laicized in 2007. Fr. Berthiaume whereabouts from 2003 until the present are unknown. It is also unknown whether Fr. Berthiaume has had access to children from 1992 through the present.