Fr. David (Dave) Gottschalk, O.F.M.Cap.: Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. David (Dave) Gottschalk, O.F.M.Cap.

Ordained: 1969

Assignments within the Archdiocese/Diocese(s) in Colorado: Denver, Colorado Springs


  • 1970: St. Francis Capuchin College, Washington, D.C. (WDC)
  • 1971-1975: St. Fidelis Monastery, Victoria, KS (SAL)
  • 1972: Castlegate Ave., Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
  • 1973-1975: St. Francis Renewal Center, Victoria, KS (SAL)
  • 1976: St. Francis Capuchin College, Washington, D.C. (WDC)
  • 1977-1986: Good Shepherd, Kansas City, KS (KCK)
  • 1987-1988: St. John the Evangelist’s Church, Lawrence, KS (KCK); St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, Kansas University Center and Residence, Lawrence, KA (KCK)
  • 1990: St. Conrad Friary, Allison Park, PA (PIT)
  • 1990-1994: St. Elizabeth Friary, Province of Mid- America, Denver, CO (DEN)
  • 1995-2001: St. Francis of Assisi Friary, Denver, CO (DEN)
  • 1999-2002: Capuchin Foreign Missions, Province of Mid-America, Denver, CO (DEN)
  • 2002-2004: St. Fidelis Church, Victoria, KS (SAL); St. Boniface Church, Victoria, KS (SAL); St. Fidelis Friary, Victoria, KS (SAL)
  • 2005-2007: Unknown
  • 2008: Fraternidad San Antonio, Denver, CO (DEN)
  • 2009-2013: St. Francis of Assisi Friary, Denver, CO (DEN)
  • 2014-2019: Our Lady of the Angels Friary, Colorado Springs, CO (COS)

Fr. David Gottschalk was ordained a Capuchin Franciscan Friar. He is included in the Archdiocese of Kansas City’s 2018 list of clergy with “substantiated allegations of clergy sexual abuse of a minor,” which states that he was accused of abusing multiple minors. Fr. Gottschalk is also listed in the 2019 “Audit of the Capuchin Province of Mid-America (aka Province of St. Conrad)” report as a “member found to have had credible allegations of sexually inappropriate/criminal behavior against minors.” The Capuchin Province Report stated that Fr. Gottschalk sexually abused at least one minor in the 1970s.