Raymond Cossette: Clergy With Credible Claims Against Them Concerning Sexual Abuse of a Young Person

Raymond Cossette


Father Raymond Cossette was born in 1929 and ordained in 1955. The Diocese of Duluth has included Fr. Cossette’s name on its list of clerics with credible allegations of child sexual abuse.

According to the Diocese of Duluth, Fr. Cossette worked in the following locations:

  • 1955 – 1962: Asst. Pastor, Blessed Sacrament Church, Hibbing
  • 1962 – 1965: Instructor, Dean of Discipline, Athletic Director, Principal, Chaplain – Duluth Cathedral High School, Duluth
  • 1962 –1965: Chaplain, Carmel Heights, Duluth
  • 1965 – 1966: Superintendent, Cathedral High School
  • 1966 –1969, Pastor, St. Peter’s Church, Duluth
  • 1966 – 1969: Diocesan Superintendent of Schools
  • 1969 – 1975: Pastor, St. John’s Church, Biwabik
  • 1975 – 1995: Chaplain, Brainerd State Hospital
  • 1993 – 1994: Administrator: Holy Family Church, Hillman
  • 1995: Retired

Current location: Brainerd, MN

Efforts to unseal the secret documents regarding clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Duluth began with the first lawsuit filed in June 2013. Since then, survivors have taken numerous actions to make the files public.

In October 2015, a jury verdict was handed down against the Diocese of Duluth in a child sexual abuse case in Ramsey County involving Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald. On December 7, 2015, the Diocese of Duluth filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

More information on the Diocese of Duluth bankruptcy can be found at:www.andersonadvocates.com/Bankruptcy