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Archdiocese Releases Names of Abusive Priests

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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released the names of nearly 30 priests who have had credible claims against them of sexually abusing a minor.

The disclosure comes after a ruling in Ramsey County Court on Monday requiring the list be made public.

Church officials say most of the reported incidents of abuse by the men on the list occurred between the mid-1950s and the 1980s, and most of these men have been previously identified in media reports.

However they also say this is only the beginning of the process and the list will be updated as a review of clergy files continues.

Disclosures Regarding Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors

Thomas Adamson

Date of birth: 7/12/1933 (Age 80)

Date of ordination: 1958

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Diocese of Winona, 1958-1975;
  • St. Leo the Great, St. Paul, 1975-1976;
  • St. Boniface, St. Bonifacius, 1976;
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul Park, 1976-1979;
  • Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights, 1979-1980;
  • Risen Savior, Apple Valley, 1981-1985;
  • Returned to Diocese of Winona, 1985

Diocese or religious order: Diocese of Winona

Date removed from ministry: 1985

Current location: Rochester, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry from our archdiocese

 

John Brown

Date of birth: 7/2/1920 (Age: 93)

Date of ordination: 1948

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Timothy, Maple Lake, 1948-1949;
  • Associate priest, Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, 1949-1950;
  • Associate priest, St. John, St. Paul, 1950-1951;
  • Associate priest, Hopkins, 1951-1956;
  • Chaplain, U.S. Army, 1956-1958;
  • Associate priest, St. Mary, LeCenter, 1958-1960;
  • Temporary administrator, St. Mary, LeCenter, 1960;
  • Administrator, St. Mary, Waverly, 1960-1963;
  • Pastor, St. Mary, Waverly, 1963-1964;
  • Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua, Minneapolis, 1964-1966;
  • Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Marysburg, 1966-1970;
  • Pastor, Sacred Heart, Faribault, 1970-1978;
  • Pastor, St. Peter Claver, St. Paul, 1978-1981;
  • Pastor, Annunciation, Hazelwood, 1981-1990

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Maplewood, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Cosmas Dahlheimer

Date of birth: 11/20/1908, deceased

Date of ordination: 1936

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • St. John's Abbey, 1936-1969;
  • Associate priest, St. Augustine, St. Cloud, 1969-1973;
  • Associate priest, St. Bernard, St. Paul, 1973-1978;
  • Returned to St. John's Abbey, 1978

Diocese or religious order: Order of St. Benedict, St. John's Abbey

Date permanently removed from ministry: Unknown (died 2004)

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 2004

 

Gilbert DeSutter

Date of birth: 4/28/1928 (Age: 85)

Date of ordination: 1964

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Mark, St. Paul, 1954-1956;
  • Associate priest, St. Mary, St. Paul, 1956;
  • Associate priest, Annunciation, Minneapolis, 1956-1964;
  • Associate priest, St. Peter, Richfield, 1964-1968;
  • Spiritual director, St. John Vianney Seminary, St. Paul, 1968-1973;
  • Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Faribault, 1973 -1976;
  • Pastor, St. William, Fridley, 1976-1983;
  • Pastor, St. Michael, Prior Lake, 1983-1993;
  • Resigned with limited ministry, 1993-2003

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2003

Current location: Mesa, Ariz.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Gilbert Gustafson

Date of birth: 4/18/1951 (Age 62)

Date of ordination: 1977

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Mary of the Lake, White Bear Lake, 1977-1982;
  • Administrator, St. Mary of the Lake, White Bear Lake, 1978;
  • Associate director, Continuing Education and Spiritual Growth for Priests, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1982;
  • Student, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., 1982-1983;
  • Associate priest, St. Matthew, St. Paul, 1983-1988;
  • In residence, St. Peter, Mendota 1988-2002 (unassigned);
  • Resigned, 2002

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: St. Paul, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Louis Heitzer

Date of birth: 7/15/1914, deceased

Date of ordination: 1942

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Most Holy Trinity, Winsted (New Ulm) 1942-1944;
  • Associate priest, St. Andrew, Fairfax (New Ulm), 1944;
  • Associate pastor, Assumption, St. Paul, 1944-1945;
  • Associate priest, Holy Redeemer, Marshall (New Ulm), 1945;
  • Associate priest, St. Mary, Sleepy Eye (New Ulm), 1945-1948;
  • Associate priest, St. Joseph, Waconia, 1948;
  • Associate priest, St. Aloysius, Olivia (New Ulm), 1948-1950;
  • Administrator, Sacred Heart, Franklin (New Ulm), 1950-1954;
  • Pastor, St. Joseph, Rosen, 1954-1955;
  • Pastor, St. Michael, Gaylord (New Ulm), 1955-1956;
  • Pastor, St. Luke, Clearwater, 1956-1958;
  • Pastor, St. Scholastica, Heidelberg, 1958-1966;
  • Associate priest, St. Richard, Richfield, 1966-1967

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1969

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 1969

 

Rudolph Henrich

Date of birth: 4/3/1906, deceased

Date of ordination: 1933

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. James, St. Paul, 1933-1937;
  • Associate priest, Most Holy Trinity, Winsted, 1937-1938;
  • Associate priest, St. Mark, Shakopee, 1938;
  • Chaplain, State Training School for Boys, Red Wing, 1938-1942;
  • Chaplain, U.S. Navy, 1942-1946;
  • Chaplain, State Training School for Boys, Red Wing, 1946-1952;
  • Chaplain, U.S. Forces, 1952-1954;
  • Pastor, St. Boniface, Stewart (New Ulm), 1954-1957;
  • Pastor, St. Margaret Mary, Minneapolis, 1957-1976

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1976

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 1992

 

Francis Hoefgen

Date of birth: 8/1/1950 (Age 63)

Date of ordination: 1979

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • St. Boniface, Cold Spring, 1980-1984;
  • Associate priest, St. Boniface, Hastings, 1985-1992;
  • Confessor, Villa Maria Center, Frontenac, 1985-1994

Diocese or religious order: Order of St. Benedict, St. John's Abbey

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Columbia Heights, Minn.

Current status: Left order and laicized in 2012

 

Richard Jeub

Date of birth: 2/21/1940 (Age: 73)

Date of ordination: 1966

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Joseph, Hopkins, 1966-1967;
  • Associate priest, Our Lady of Grace, Edina, 1967-1970
  • Associate priest, St. Mark, St. Paul, 1970-1976;
  • Associate priest, Christ the King, Minneapolis, 1976-1978;
  • Chaplain, Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, 1978-1982;
  • Chaplain, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, 1978-1982;
  • Pastor, St. Kevin, Minneapolis, 1981-1990;
  • Associate priest, Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, 1996-1997;
  • Associate priest, Sacred Heart/St. Lawrence, Faribault, 1997-2000;
  • Associate priest, St. Rose of Lima, Roseville, 2000-2002;
  • Retired, 2002

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Crosby, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Dennis Kampa

Date of birth: 5/31/1932 (Age 81)

Date of ordination: 1968

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Immaculate Conception, Faribault, 1968-1969;
  • Associate priest, St. Mark, St. Paul, 1969-1972;
  • Associate priest, St. Joseph, West St. Paul, 1972-1974;
  • Associate priest, Holy Family, St. Louis Park, 1974-1976;
  • Associate priest, Holy Trinity, South St. Paul, 1976-1980;
  • Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul, Osseo, 1980-1989;
  • Administrator, St. Michael, Pine Island, 1989-1990;
  • Administrator, St. Michael, Kenyon, 1989-1990;
  • Pastor, St. Michael, Pine Island, 1990-2002;
  • Retired, 2002

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2003

Current location: Victoria, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Robert Kapoun

Date of birth: 12/1/1938 (Age 75)

Date of ordination: 1964

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Holy Redeemer, Montgomery, 1964-1967;
  • Associate priest, St. Kevin, Minneapolis, 1967-1971;
  • Associate priest, St. Raphael, Crystal, 1971-1974;
  • Chaplain, Home of the Good Shepherd, St. Paul, 1974-1976;
  • Medical leave, 1976-1977;
  • Pastor, St. Patrick, Cedar Lake, 1977-1984;
  • Administrator, St. Catherine, Spring Lake, 1977-1984;
  • Pastor, St. Scholastica, Heidelberg, 1984-1996;
  • Administrator, St. Joseph, Lexington, 1984-1996;
  • Pastor, St. Thomas, St. Thomas, 1991-1996;
  • Resigned, 1996;
  • Retired, 1998

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Cold Spring, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Jerome Kern

Date of birth: 3/20/1941 (Age 72)

Date of ordination: 1966

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Mark, St. Paul, 1967-70;
  • Associate priest, Our Lady of Grace, Edina, 1970-1975;
  • Administrator, Our Lady of Grace, Edina, 1975-1976;
  • Co-pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Minnetonka, 1976-1994;
  • Sabbatical, 1994-1995 (in residence at St. Paul Seminary);
  • Temporary administrator, St. Dominic, Northfield, 1995;
  • Associate priest, St. Peter, Forest Lake, 1995-2002

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Edina, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Lee Krautkremer

Date of birth: 8/28/1940 (Age 73)

Date of ordination: 1966

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Immaculate Conception, Faribault, 1966;
  • Associate priest, St. Peter, North St. Paul, 1966-1967;
  • Associate priest, St. Margaret Mary, Golden Valley, 1967-1968;
  • Associate priest, St. Michael, St. Michael, 1968-1970;
  • Associate priest, St. Michael, West St. Paul, 1970-1975;
  • Associate priest, St. Peter, Forest Lake, 1975-1978;
  • Pastor, St. Joseph, Lino Lakes, 1978-1984;
  • Pastor, St. Michael, St. Michael, 1984-1987;
  • Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis, 1987-1989;
  • Chaplain, North Memorial Hospital, Robbinsdale, 1987-2002

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Minneapolis, Minn.

Current status: Laicized in 2006

 

Ronan Charles Liles

Date of birth: 9/6/1942

Date of ordination: 1969

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis, 1969-1978;
  • Dominican Fathers provincial office, Chicago, 1978-1979;
  • Dominican Fathers and Brothers, Southern Dominican Province, New Orleans, 1979- 1982;
  • Leave of absence

Diocese or religious order: Order of Preachers (Dominicans)

Date permanently removed from ministry: Dismissed from order and dispensed from vows in 1985

Current location: Believed to have died sometime before 2006

Current status: Believed to have died sometime before 2006

 

Alfred Longley

Date of birth: 9/17/1913, deceased

Date of ordination: 1939

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Immaculate Conception, Faribault, 1939-1942;
  • Military chaplain, U.S. Army, 1942-1952;
  • Pastor, St. Richard, Richfield, 1952-1961;
  • Chaplain, Riverside Medical Center, Minneapolis, 1962-1964;
  • Pastor, St. Jude of the Lake, Mahtomedi, 1964

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1968

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 1974

 

Brennan Maiers

Date of birth: 4/27/1936 (Age 77)

Date of ordination: 1963

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Pastor, St. Bernard, St. Paul, 1983-1990

Diocese or religious order: Order of St. Benedict, St. John's Abbey

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Collegeville, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Timothy McCarthy

Date of birth: 6/26/1946 (Age 67)

Date of ordination: 1973

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Leo, St. Paul, 1973-1974;
  • Associate priest, All Saints, Lakeville, 1974-1977;
  • Administrator, St. Andrew, Elysian, 1977-1982;
  • Associate priest, St. Peter Claver, St. Paul, 1982-1984;
  • On special assignment, 1982-1984;
  • Associate priest, Guardian Angels, Lake Elmo, 1984;
  • Associate priest, St. Joseph, Lino Lakes, 1984-1986;
  • Pastor, Holy Redeemer, Maplewood, 1986-1991;
  • Resigned, 1991

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1991

Current location: Believed to be residing in Oakdale, Minn., or St. Paul, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

John McGrath

Date of birth: 4/13/1931, deceased

Date of ordination: 1957

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Nativity, St. Paul, 1957-1965;
  • Associate priest, St. Helena, Minneapolis, 1965-1969;
  • Associate priest, St. Andrew, St. Paul, 1969-1970;
  • Faculty, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, 1970-1976;
  • Pastor, Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, 1976-1995

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1995

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 1995

 

Paul Palmitessa

Date of birth: 1/18/1931 (Age 82)

Date of ordination: 1956

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Cathedral of St. Paul, 1956-1968;
  • Pastor, Holy Redeemer, St. Paul, 1968-1979;
  • Pastor, St. Paul, Zumbrota, 1979-1982;
  • Administrator, St. Mary, Bellechester, 1979-1982;
  • Diocese of San Diego, 1982-1988;
  • Excardinated, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; incardinated, Diocese of San Diego, 1988

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Diocese of San Diego

Date permanently removed from ministry: Retired in 1998, limited ministry until 2012

Current location: Santee, Calif.

Current status: No longer in ministry, (determined by the Diocese of San Diego)

 

Joseph Pinkosh

Date of birth: 10/27/1943 (Age 70)

Date of ordination: 1969

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Joseph, Hopkins, 1969-1972;
  • Associate priest, St. Wenceslaus, New Prague, 1972-1974;
  • Associate priest, Holy Cross, Minneapolis, 1974-1981;
  • Pastor, St. Patrick, Shieldsville, 1981-1992

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1992

Current location: Columbia Heights, Minn.

Current status: Left ministry in 1992

 

Francis Reynolds

Date of birth: 9/5/1922, deceased

Date of ordination: 1955

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Maternity of Mary, St. Paul, 1955-1957;
  • Associate priest, St. Patrick, St. Paul, 1957-1964;
  • Associate priest, Visitation, Minneapolis, 1964-1966;
  • Associate priest, St. Margaret Mary, Golden Valley, 1966-1968;
  • Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Buffalo, 1968-1985;
  • Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis, 1985-1986;

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1987

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 1988

 

Richard Skluzacek

Date of birth: 8/10/1932, deceased

Date of ordination: 1957

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Stanislaus, St. Paul, 1957-1964;
  • Administrator, St. Stanislaus, St. Paul, 1964-1966;
  • Associate priest, St. Stephen, Anoka, 1966-1967;
  • Associate priest, Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery, 1967-1968;
  • Administrator, Most Holy Trinity, Veseli, 1968-1973;
  • Administrator, St. Nicholas, New Market, 1970-1974;
  • Pastor, Most Holy Trinity, Veseli, 1974;
  • Pastor, Corpus Christi, Roseville, 1974-1978;
  • Pastor, St. Joseph, Hopkins, 1978-1990;
  • Chaplain, Veterans Medical Center, Minneapolis, 1990-1998;

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2005

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 2012

 

Michael Stevens

Date of birth: 12/24/1954 (Age 58)

Date of ordination: 1980

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Michael, Prior Lake, 1980-1982;
  • Associate priest, Epiphany, Coon Rapids, 1982-1988;
  • In residence, St. Mark, St. Paul, 1988;
  • In residence, St. Adalbert, St. Paul, 1988-2003
  • Resigned, 2002

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Believed to be residing in St. Paul, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Thomas Stitts

Date of birth: 5/5/1935, deceased

Date of ordination: 1962

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Matthew, St. Paul, 1962-1965;
  • Associate priest, Our Lady of Grace, Edina, 1965-1966;
  • Associate priest, Guardian Angels, Hastings, 1966-1970;
  • Associate priest, Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul, 1970;
  • Administrator, St. Leo, St. Paul, 1970-1973;
  • Pastor, St. George, Long Lake, 1973-1980;
  • Pastor, St. John the Baptist, New Brighton, 1980-1985

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1985

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 1985

 

Robert Thurner

Date of birth: 11/25/1925 (Age 88)

Date of ordination: 1951

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, Most Holy Trinity, St. Louis Park, 1951-1963;
  • Administrator, Most Holy Trinity, St. Louis Park, 1959;
  • Associate priest, St. Luke, St. Paul, 1963-1967;
  • Pastor, St. Michael, Prior Lake, 1967-1970;
  • Pastor, St. John the Evangelist, Hopkins, 1970-1983;
  • Associate priest, St. Joseph, West St. Paul, 1983-1986;
  • Temporary administrator, St. Edward, Bloomington, 1986;
  • Pastor, St. Therese, St. Paul, 1986-1991

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Maplewood, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Clarence Vavra

Date of birth: 3/13/1939 (Age 74)

Date of ordination: 1965

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Rose of Lima, Roseville, 1965-1969;
  • Associate priest, St. Philip, Minneapolis, 1969-1970;
  • Associate priest, St. Peter, North St. Paul, 1970-1971;
  • Associate priest, Guardian Angels, Hastings, 1971-1972;
  • Absent, 1972-1973;
  • Associate priest, St. Matthew, St. Paul, 1973-1975;
  • Diocese of Rapid City, 1975-1976;
  • Associate priest, Holy Spirit, St. Paul, 1976-1977;
  • Pastor, Sacred Heart Rush City, 1977-1978;
  • Administrator, St. Gregory, North Branch, 1977-1978;
  • Associate priest, St. Wenceslaus, New Prague, 1979;
  • Associate priest, St. Jerome, Maplewood, 1979-1981;
  • Pastor, Holy Redeemer, Maplewood, 1981-1986;
  • Unassigned, 1986-1987;
  • Temporary administrator, St. Genevieve, Centerville, 1987;
  • Pastor, St. Nicholas, New Market, 1987-1992;
  • Temporary administrator, St. Philip, Minneapolis, 1992-1993;
  • Pastor, St. Philip, Minneapolis, 1993-1996;
  • Sabbatical, 1996-1997;
  • Associate priest, Nativity of Mary, Cleveland, 1997;
  • Associate priest, Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery, 1997-2003;
  • Associate priest, St. Patrick, Shieldsville, 1997-2003;
  • Retired, 2003

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2003

Current location: New Prague, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Joseph Wajda

Date of birth: 2/9/1947 (Age 66)

Date of ordination: 1973

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate priest, St. Raphael, Crystal, 1973-1977;
  • Associate priest, Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights, 1977-1981;
  • Administrator, Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights, 1980-1981;
  • Associate priest, St. Rose of Lima, Roseville, 1982-1986;
  • Temporary administrator, St. Joseph, Waconia, 1986;
  • Temporary administrator, Sts. Peter and Paul, Loretto, 1986;
  • Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis, 1986-1987;
  • Pastor, St. Andrew, St. Paul, 1987-1989;
  • Associate priest, Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul, 1990-1991;
  • Student, Catholic University of America, 1992-1994;
  • Judicial Vicar, Metropolitan Tribunal, St. Paul, 1996-2002

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2003

Current location: Minneapolis, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

 

Raymond Walter

Date of birth: 7/28/1915, deceased

Date of ordination: 1941

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • St. Alphonsus, Brooklyn Center, 1964-1978, 1981-1989

Diocese or religious order: Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists)

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2003

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 2003

 

Curtis Wehmeyer

Date of birth: 9/28/1964 (Age 49)

Date of ordination: 2001

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Associate pastor, St. Joseph, West St. Paul, 2001-2006;
  • Parochial administrator, Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul, 2006-2009;
  • Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Paul, 2009-2011;
  • Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul, 2009-2012

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2012

Current location: Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud, Minn.

Current status: Permanently removed from ministry. Incarcerated

 

Robert Zasacki

Date of birth: 5/13/1940, deceased

Date of ordination: 1967

Cleric's prior assignments in archdiocese:

  • Entered archdiocese from Archdiocese of Newark, 1979;
  • St. Bridget, Lindstrom, 1982-1983;
  • St. Joseph, Lino Lakes, 1983-1984:
  • Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, 1984-1985;
  • Administrator, St. Peter, Forest Lake, 1985-1987;
  • Incardinated, 1987;
  • Pastor, St. Peter, Forest Lake, 1987-1989;
  • Pastor, St. Peter, Delano, 1989-1995;
  • Pastor, St. Joseph, Delano, 1989-1995;
  • Pastor, Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, 1995-2001;
  • Pastor, St. Joseph, Hopkins, 2001-2002

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Archdiocese of Newark, N.J.

Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 2008

FULL LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP NIENSTEDT:    

Over the last several decades, some clergy members of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis unfortunately have violated the sacred trust placed in them by children, youth and their families by committing acts of sexual abuse.

This is a tragedy that has caused insufferable harm to victims, their families, parishioners and the Church. I must say once again to all victims of this abuse: I am so sorry for the pain you have endured. You have been on my mind and in my heart as I offer my daily prayers for you.

My staff and I are completely committed to combating the problem of sexual abuse and doing all we can to ensure that these horrors are never repeated in the Church. To that end, as I have been communicating to you over the last two months, we are evaluating and improving our policies and practices in our concerted effort to protect children and prevent sexual abuse.  

Today, I am announcing the details of our new disclosure practices. These disclosures being made now, and the changes in our disclosure practices generally, are part of a comprehensive and cohesive set of actions we have been taking here in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis this fall to address the issues associated with clergy sexual misconduct.

These decisions reflect not only a great deal of my own prayer and reflection, but also wise counsel provided by my staff and other advisers. I also have considered the practices of a number of other dioceses. As we progress with our disclosure, our practices may continue to evolve, including recommendations that may be made by the independent task force or through the review of our clergy files by an outside firm. Please be assured that I will let you know of any changes to the practices that may develop in the future.

It is the practice of the archdiocese to report promptly to law enforcement all allegations of clergy sexual abuse of minors. Any clergy member facing a credible claim of sexual abuse of minors will be removed from ministry pending an investigation of the claim.

Now, if the claim is credible and can be substantiated, our new disclosure practices will require that claim to be disclosed on our website. Starting today, in addition to the listing you will find in the Dec. 5 edition of The Catholic Spirit, any member of the public will be able to find this disclosure on our website. At the top of our home page, you'll see an icon that says "Advocacy and Victim Assistance," a section of our website that we have had for many years. In this section of our website, we have added access to a new page called "Disclosures Regarding Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors."

This new page of our website compiles a list of ordained ministers of the Catholic Church who previously had assignments in the archdiocese, and who have had credible accusations and substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor in our archdiocese. 

For each clergy member whose name is listed, the website will provide the following information, if known:

  • The cleric's year of birth and year of ordination;
  • Whether the cleric is alive or deceased;
  • If deceased, the year of the cleric's death;
  • The cleric's prior assignments in our archdiocese;
  • The date of the cleric's removal from ministry; and 
  • For clerics who are alive, their present status with the Church (permanently removed from ministry, laicized, deceased, etc.) and the city and state in which they presently reside.

Further, whenever the archdiocese learns of additional credible claims of abuse of a minor by a member of the clergy, we will share that information with the public by issuing and posting a press release. Then, if a credible claim is determined to be substantiated, whether from the review of clergy files by outside experts or otherwise, we will provide that information on the disclosure section of our website.

As I considered and prayed about this change in our disclosure practice, I thought about many things. My leadership team and I discussed the importance of ensuring all that we do is grounded in the goals that I have articulated over the last month or so. Again, these goals are to protect the young and vulnerable, care for victims of abuse, and restore trust among the laity, as well as our clergy who are serving honorably. 

Based on these goals, I considered the following to be particularly important:

  • Those who have been victimized by these horrible crimes have been deeply hurt. Disclosure of the names of those with substantiated claims of abuse can assist victims in their healing process. 
  • The Church must be open and transparent about clergy members' sexual abuse of children in order to foster the process of healing and restoration of trust.
  • Offending clergy members, even if they have been dismissed from the clerical state (laicized) and are no longer under the authority of the archdiocese, could pose an ongoing risk to children. Therefore, a comprehensive disclosure of their names, status and location may assist in reducing that risk.
  • Not only must the archdiocese honor its commitment to protect children, we must also be mindful of the due process concerns of those whose innocence or guilt has not been established. There must be justice and due consideration of the rights and dignity of every human person as we seek the truth. This is not only the bedrock of our beliefs as Catholics, but also of the justice system of our country.

The disclosures made today are not intended to be final. We are currently engaged in a comprehensive review of clergy files, and the list will be updated as additional announcements are made. 

Our first priority remains creating and maintaining safe environments where the Gospel of Jesus Christ can flourish because we cannot bring others to the light of Christ unless we first live out his love through our witness.

Keeping our environments safe also requires measures aimed at prevention. Importantly, this must start with implementing productive steps to promote a healthy clergy.

In addition, we continue to train thousands of clergy, volunteers, staff and children and their parents to report suspected abuse. As has been our policy and practice for many years, we encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult within Church ministry — or any setting including the home or school — to first contact law enforcement. And, of course, we will prevent further harm by ensuring that any clergy member who has sexually abused a child is permanently removed from any ministry. 

All clergy feel the shame of the acts of some of their brother priests. We deeply regret the pain caused by sexual abuse by members of the clergy, and we remain committed to protecting children and promoting healing for victims. I sincerely pray that these efforts will contribute to the healing process for victims and others who have been harmed, and serve to protect God's children and foster trust in the Church. I also humbly ask that you pray for the many noble clergy of our archdiocese who serve honorably and deserve our respect.

I am grateful for your prayers and support. Together, and in light of the many new actions we are taking with sincerity and in pursuit of the truth, we can move forward on a path toward healing. It is my most sincere hope that this may be true especially for victims, for whom I again offer my heartfelt apology and daily prayers. 

May God bless you as we begin this Advent season together in anticipation of the coming of Emanuel, God with us.

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