Rocky Henry Lee Grimard
Canadian Oblate priest (priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate) . Late vocation to the priesthood. RCMP officer for eight-and-a-half years”in Northern Canada” prior to ordination Ordained 31 May 1991 in Melville, Saskatchewan.
April 2015 charged after approaching two plainclothes police officers in Olmos Park, San Antonio, Texas – touched one “inappropriately,” attempted to solicit oral sex from the other, and exposed himself. At time of arrest was chaplain for the Kennedy County Sheriff’s Office
16 November 2015: Pleaded no contest. The charge against Father Grimard was reduced, he was fined $450 plus $219 in court costs, he will serve six months probation and complete 12 hours of community service!
Next court date:
16 November 2015: 9 am, TRIAL, Bexar Country Court 8 (100 Dolorosa, San Antonio, Texas); 10 August 2015: Pre-Trial Conference, Bexar County Texas, courthouse ; 29 June 2015: 09:00, Pre-Trial Conference, Bexar County Texas, courthouse ; 11 May 2005: 09:00, Arraignment, Bexar County Texas, courthouse
BLOGS and Media coverage since charges laid
(Scroll down for further media and articles of interest)
25 November 2015: Priest accused of exposing self to police gets 6 months probation
20 November 2015: BLOG Will he be received back with open arms?
16 November 2015: BLOG That’s it?!
08 April 2015: BlOG Former RCMP officer
06 April 2015: BLOG He’s a Canadian priest
Unless otherwise indicated the following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) which I have on hand, media (M), the Oblate Directory 1999 (OD’99), Immaculata Retreat House bio (bio), personal (P)
05 September 2013-01 April 2015: Interim Director of Lebh Shomea House of Prayer (P)
April 2015: Listed as a contact for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Oblates) on Diocese of Corpus Christi website ( Corpus Christi website April 2015 )
– according to above link at Lebh Shomea House of Prayer, Sarita, Texas
_ “According to county sources, Grimard currently serves as a chaplain for a local law enforcement agency” (Scroll down “Former S.A. clergyman arrested …” KENS 5, 01 April 2015) He was in fact chaplain for the Kennedy County Sheriff’s Office which is in Sarita.
March 2015: Priest heading U.S. World Wide Marriage Encounter movement – US Ecclesial Team with a lay couple ( Father Grimard WWME Leadership Tree updated March 2015)
21-26 February 2015: Lenten mission “Prayer is Dangerous” at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Kerrville, Texas (Father Rocky Grimard Notre Dame Bulletin February 14-15 2015)
“Father …has served in may different types of ministry. He has worked in formation, parish ministry, and retreat ministry, as hospital chaplain, provincial leadership in his religious community, and itinerant preacher. He is the National Priest for Worldwide Marriage Encounter, and is involved in presenting Marriage Encounter Weekends.
“Most of Father Rocky’s education was completed in Canada or Chicago. He is presently also working on his doctorate in Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.
“Before entering religious life, Father was a Federal Police Officer in Norther Canada. He was a Royal Canadian Police Office eight and half years. He was stationed in Canada, Poland and the United States as he served in different ministries.
“He looks forward to journeying with us to look at how if we pray it can be very dangerous.”
17 February 2015 – morning: Father Rocky Grimard, Director of Lebh Shomea, speaking to members of Tropical Trail Traveller visiting Kenedy Ranch, Sarita, where Lebh Shomea is located. (Grimard speaks to group)
24 January 2015: Directed one day silent retreat at Amor Meus Spirituality Center in Victoria, Texas “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit.” Brochure indicates Father Rocky Grimard omi is “Director of Lebh Shomea House of Prayer.” (FR. Grimard one day retreat in Victoria Texas)
?? 2015: on staff at Immaculata Retreat House in Windham, Connecticut (Father Rocky Grimard Immaculata Oblate Staff – Welcome to Immaculata Retreat House of Windham, CT )
2015: Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas (CCCD) (This is obviously not accurate)
29 November – 03 December 2014: Preaching Advent Mission at St. Gertrude’s Roman Catholic Church, Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada ( Advent Mission at St. Gertrudes) (Pastor Father John Keoughan)
“Fr. Rocky Grimard, OMI, is a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate, presently stationed in Sarita, Texas, where he is Director of Lebh Shomea House of Prayer. In addition to serving as a spiritual and retreat director for religious and lay people throughout Canada and the USA, Fr. Rocky also preaches Lenten and Advent Missions. Educated and ordained in Canada, Fr. Rocky has completed post graduate studies in the states and is presently working on his doctorate. Throughout his career, Father has worked in many types of ministry, as a teacher, formator, pastor and spiritual director. He has served on the provincial council of his religious community.”
27 July – 03 August 2014: “Living Our Call to Community,” Silent Conference Retreat with Father Rocky Girard OMI as preacher. Retreat offering is $475. At Immaculata Retreat House, Willimantic, Connecticut (“Immaculata Retreat House is on 53 acres with hiking trails, ponds, plenty of space for enjoying God’s creation in nature.”) (National Catholic Reporter 11 April 2014)
04 March 2014: Officiated at funeral Mass for a Sister of Service in the chapel at LaSalle Manor, Scarborough, Ontario (Father Grimard officiates at funeral in Scarborough, Ontario)
2014: Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas (CCCD) (This is obvioulsy not accurate)
8 & 10 November 2013: Grief and Loss Retreat, Immaculata Retreat House, Willimantic, Connecticut (Page from church bulletin – ad for Father Grimard Grief and Loss Retreat )
Presented by Father Rocky Grimard, O.M.I and Kathy Irr
Things we will look at :
Coming to understand our Grief and Loss & it’s complexity.
Looking for ways to deal with grief.
Recognizing each of us deals and grieves in different ways.
Intergrading [sic] our Loss
The Spirit of God is on me. He anointed me to bring Good News to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted and to free the oppressed.”
(Is. 61, 1) (Grief retreat 2013)
also see advertisement for retreat in Immaculata Retreat House bulletin 8 – 10 November-2013
– Director of Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio
? October 2013: Danville, Pennsylvania – Homilist at Jubilee Mass for Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius at the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius ( info taken from Fraternally Yours: First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, December 2013) & ( Jubilee Mass in Danville PA 2013)
“The Sisters of Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius observed the anniversaries of their members with a special day of celebration recently. A Jubilee Liturgy was celebrated at the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius on the Villa Sacred Heart Motherhouse grounds on Danville, PA. Sisters, friends and family travelled from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, Connecticut and New York for the event. Reverend David Kalert, O.M.I from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonia, TX was the Principal Celebrant. Reverened Rocky Grimard, O.M.I. from Immaculata Retreat Center in Williamantic, CT was the Homilist. The Liturgy was followed by a meal for the celebrants and their friends and families at Villa Sacred Heart, and at the Meadows Community Center at Maria Joseph Manor.”
24 – 26 June 2013: Tri-Parish Mission advertised in Saints Thomas and Anne Roman Catholic Church, Voluntown, Connecticut (Father Rocky Grimard omi – Tri Parish Mission )
Monday 24 June: 9 am Mass at Sts Thomas & Anne followed by a talk on faith
7 PM Mission talk at St. Catharine “Faith as a Cornerstone of Our Lives” followed by refreshments in Parsh Hall
Tuesday 25 June: 9 am Mass at Sts Thomas & Anne followed by a talk on prayer
7 pm Mission talk at St. Catharine “Prayer is Dangerous” followed by refreshments in Parish Hall
Wednesday 26 June: 9 am Mass at Sts Thomas & Anne followed by a talk on reconciliation
7 pm Penance Service at St. Catharine
16, 17, 18 & 20 February 2013: Lenten Parish Retreat, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Vernon Rockville Connecticut – Father Rocky Grimard identified as with Immaculata Retreat house, Willimantic , Connecticut – advertised in Saint Bernard, Rockville, CT parish bulletin (Father Rocky Grimard Lent Parish Retreat at Sacred Heart)
29 January 2013: Celebrant at Grandparent’s Mass, Saint Bernard School Auditorium, Willimantic, Connecticut ( Father Rocky Grimard celebrating Grandparents Mass school auditorium 2013)
November 2012: along with lay couple named to United States Worldwide Marriage Encounter leadership team (Father Grimard 2012 ‘New United States Ecclesial Team Selected for Worldwide Marriage Encounter – Christian Newswire’)
“I feel honored and privileged to be selected to lead with Ron & Judy. We hope to expand our programs in the United States. This is a blessed time for our country.” [Father Grimard}
undated: Priest with worldwide Marriage Encounter movement (Father Grimard listed as Marriage Encounter priest on ME website)
“Marriage Encounter has helped me to be a better listener and communicator. It’s by listening I come to know the people I serve and live with.”
Fr. Rocky Grimard
September 2012: assigned to the staff at Immaculata Retreat House, Willimantic, Connecticut ( Father Grimard pages from Oblate School of Theology Summer 2012 Newslette)
“Father Rocky Grimard OMI has been assigned tot he staff of the Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic, Conn.”
“Five year honorees were…ORC Director Father Rocky Grimard, OMI…”
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010: Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas (CCCD)
was, or at least at some point was, Director of Internship Program/Director of Operations at OST ( OST Faculty)
21 January 2012: “Forgiveness and Reconciliation” Retreat at Amor Meus Spirituality Center. Victoria, Texas ( Retreat Amor Meus Spirituality Center Texas)
October 2011 : Offers Mass regularly at St. Joesph’s Chapel, Oblate School of Theology – at least through last weeks of October 2011 ( Masses in October at OST 2011 )
Undated: identified as Relative of Father Ron Rolheiser (this is probably a case of a religious priest identifying a fellow priest as a point of contact in emergency?) (Rocky Grimard “relative” of Ron Rolheiser)
21-24 Marc h 2011: Lenten Parish Mission at St. Helena Roman Catholic Church. Amite, Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Catholic Commentator Lenten Pairsh Mission in Amite)
March 2010: Lenten Mission at St. Catherine of Alexandria Roman Catholic Church, Temecula, California ( St Catherine of Alexandria Temecula California Lenten Mission)
“Father Rocky’s Encore
Father Rocky Grimard, OMI, is coming to St. Catherine’s March 6th through March 10th for his Lenten mission!
“On Saturday. March 6th, he will present a confirmation Retreat to our teens…”
“…Please bring cookies! Father loves brownies”
Schedule as listed in parish bulletin
Sat. 06 March 2010: Confirmation Retreat for teens
5 pm Mass
Vocations Night, Di Leo Hall
Sunday 07 March 2010: Homilist at Masses
Monday 08 March 2010: Two presentations (“Called to Be Community”) in the Church, one at 9 am, the other during 7 pm Mass, both followed by “Cookies, Coffee and Conversation” in Di Leo Hall
Tuesday 09 March 2010: “Eucharist and Prayer” presentation at 9 am and again during 7 pm Mass “with fellowship following.”
Wednesday 10 March 2010: Two presentations on “Reconciliation,” one at 9 am, the other at 7 pm at “Lenten Reconciliation Prayer Service with Confession and Soup Supper.”
2009 school year: assisting as visiting priest at Saint Anthony Catholic School, San Antonio, Texas ( Father Rocky Grimard – Masses at schools as visiting priest )
07-09 December 2009: conducting Advent Retreat at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Seguin Texas. Topics: “Prayer is dangerous,” Being a Eucharistic People,” “People of Reconciliation.” (Pastor at St. James: Father Denis Dadilek) (Father Grimard Advent Retreat at St James)
25 July 2008: Conducted Retreat for Deacons and Wives at Oblate Renewal Centre, San Antonio Texas advertised by Diocese of Austin, Texas ( Diocese of Austin Retreat for Deacons and Wives )
08 December 2008: Advent Retreat at Saint Joseph the Worker Shrine, advertised on Archdiocese of Boston website ( Father Rocky Grimard Advent Retreat Lowell Mass )
2008: became involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter Movement
14 & 15 August 2007: Rama Pilgrimage: Main Celebrant and homilist, St. Gerard Roman Catholic Church, Yorkton, Saskatchewan ( St Gerard Yorkton Sask Parish Bulletin ) (Pastor Fr. Basal Chomos )
2006: Assistant Novice Master at Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate, Godfrey, Illinois (“Candidates who enter the Oblate Congregation as members of the Assumption Province make their novitiate year in the United States or Poland” – Assumption Province primarily serves the Polish Catholic community and is comprised largely of Oblates who are of Polish origin) ( Page from Oblates 50th-Anniversary-Book)
2003: transferred to Chicago, Illinois (after serving in Melville for four years (17 September 2003: New priest for St. Henry’s )
1999-2003: Pastor at Pastor, St. Henry Roman Catholic Church, Melville, Saskatchewan (50th Anniversary Book)
2000: Pastor, St. Henry Roman Catholic Church, Melville, Saskatchewan (CCCD) (Archdiocese of Regina, Sask)
1997: 1917 Blythe Rd., Mississauga, Ontario (CCCD) = address for Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga
1995: Director, Queen of Apostles, Mississauga, Ontario (()D’99)
1994-1995: Associate Pastor, St. Casimir, Toronto, Ontario ((()D’99)
1993-1994: Associate Pastor, Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba (()D’99)
1991-1993: Polish language studies in Poland – teaching English (()D’99)
1992: 71 Indian Trial, Toronto, Ontario (CCCD) = residence for Oblate Father Assumption Province
31 May 1991: ORDAINED in Melville, Saskatchewan (()D’99)
theological studies at Newman Theological College, Edm
onton Alberta and at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Illinois (Immaculata bio)
19 June 1990: Perpetual Vows in Mississauga, Ontario (()D’99)
18 June 1955: Born in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada (()D’99)
Priest busted for touching officer inappropriately
Action 10 KZTV
Posted: Apr 07, 2015 5:12 PM EST Updated: Apr 07, 2015 5:14 PM EST
SAN ANTONIO –
A South Texas priest is thrown behind bars after San Antonio police say he touched an officer inappropriately.
The priest, 59 year-old, Rocky Henry Lee Grimard, faces charges of indecent exposure and assault.
He was station in Sarita for a short time.
While working undercover at Olmos Park, two officers were approached by Grimard.
According to police he engaged in small conversation and then allegedly asked for oral sex.
Grimard then grabbed one of the officer’s hands and proceeded to expose his genitals to conduct a sexual act, according to reports.
The officer’s identified themselves and arrested Grimard.
In a statement released by the Diocese of Corpus Christi, they said:
“The Diocese of Corpus Christi has been informed that the Rev. Rocky Grimard, a Priest of the Religious Order of Mary Immaculate, was arrested in San Antonio Last Wednesday and charged with indecent exposure. Rev. Grimard did not have an assignment with the Diocese of Corpus Christi, but had been stationed by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate at the Lebh Shomea House of Prayer, a private retreat center operated by that religious order. He currently does not reside in the Diocese.”
We contacted the Religious Order of Mary Immaculate. We are waiting to hear back.
Priest arrested for indecent exposure on walking trail
News 4 San Antonio Texas
Updated: Thu, Apr 02 2015, 09:22 AM EDT
SAN ANTONIO – Olmos Park police say 59 year old Reverend Rocky Grimard was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to an undercover officer.
“A park police officer was working undercover in plain clothes, the suspect approached the officer on a walking trail,” says Officer Misty Floyd, with the San Antonio Police Department.
Grimard is also an ordained priest and a chaplain for the Kennedy County Sheriff’s Office
“He solicited sex after beginning a brief conversation, he also exposed himself and he grabbed the officer’s hand to make contact with himself,” says Floyd.
The undercover officer identified himself and immediately arrested Grimard. Grimard was on staff at Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio for about six years, before going to Kennedy Ranch. He now faces indecent exposure and assault charges.
Priest accused of exposing self to officer in Olmos Park
My SA (San Antonio)
April 2, 2015 : Updated: April 2, 2015 11:04am
By Jacob Beltran, Staff Writer
Rocky Henri Lee Grimard, 59, arrested for indecent exposure on April 1, 2015.
SAN ANTONIO — A Catholic priest was arrested Wednesday after police say he touched an officer’s crotch Wednesday afternoon on the North Side.
Rocky Henry Lee Grimard, 59, faces a charge of indecent exposure.
While working undercover, two park police covert unit officers were investigating illegal activities at Olmos Park, a police report stated.
As they were on the walking trail on the northwest side of the park, Grimard approached the two and began talking to them, the report stated.
That’s when he allegedly solicited one officer for oral sex, police said, and proceeded to expose his genitals to conduct a sexual act.
The officers said he then touched one of the officers with his hand, after which the two officers identified themselves as police and took Grimard into custody.
Grimard was release from jail Wednesday evening after posting $1,600 bail.
In September 2014, another priest was arrested and charged with indecent exposure in Olmos Park.
Police said Olmos Park is known for having a high rate of sex crimes.
Former S.A. clergyman arrested on indecent exposure charges
Kens 5 San Antonio
A priest was arrested in Olmos Park on allegations of indecent exposure Wednesday.
Rocky Grimard, 59, was arrested in Olmos Park.
According to the San Antonio Police Department, an on-duty park police officer in plain clothes was patrolling the park. The suspect approached the officer and made multiple sexual advances on the officer, both verbal and physical, according to police. The officer identified himself as a peace officer and the suspect was taken into custody.
SAPD would not confirm the name of the suspect until he was formally magistrated. The district clerk’s office confirms the man in the report is Grimard.
Rocky Grimard (Photo: immaculateretreat.org)
Grimard previously served as the director of the Oblate Renewal Center at Oblate School of Theology, according to the school. The school confirms he left two years ago and now works as at Lebh Shomea House of Prayer, a religious retreat center, in Sarita, Texas.
According to county sources, Grimard currently serves as a chaplain for a local law enforcement agency.