r. Richard L. Lause, C.M: Accused of Abuse of a Minor

r. Richard L. Lause, C.M

Ordained: 1977

Assignments within the Archdiocese/Diocese(s) in Colorado: Pueblo


  • 1978-1986: St. Vincent De Paul Seminary, Lemont, IL (CHI)
  • 1987: St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, St. Louis, MO (STL)
  • 1988: Unknown
  • 1989: St. Rita, Mancos, CO (PBL)
  • 1990-1993: St. Catherine Laboure, Sappington, MO (STL)
  • 1994-1995: St. Vincent De Paul, Cape Giardeau, MO (SPC)
  • 1996-1998: St. Henry, Charleston, MO (SPC)
  • 1999-2000: St. Vincent De Paul, Perryville, MO (STL)
  • 2001-2019: Lazarist Residence; 13245 Tesson Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128 (STL)

Fr. Richard Lause was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Mission. In 2004, a former seminarian filed a lawsuit in St. Louis against his alleged abuser, Fr. Lause, and religious officials and organizations. The man alleged Fr. Lause sexually abused him as a minor boy in the 1980s at St. Vincent De Paul Seminary. The Midwest Province of the Congregation of the Mission was purportedly made aware of the sexual abuse allegations in 1988. Fr. Lause was subsequently removed from ministry and received therapy. It is believed that Fr. Lause was then allowed to return to ministry in 1989. Another complaint was made in 2003, at which time Fr. Lause was placed on leave. The claim is believed to have been settled in 2005.