Statement Regarding Richard Jeub File Release

From Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Documents from the priest file of Richard Jeub given to the court earlier this year were released today by Jeff Anderson and Associates. This release is … Continue reading

Statement from Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Today, a mediated settlement was reached in the case of Doe 100, who was abused by Thomas Stitts in 1971. Stitts was assigned as a priest at local parishes from 1962 until his death in 1985. Stitts’ name was disclosed … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Thomas Stitts

Thomas Stitts was one of the former clergy included in our initial disclosure of names of credibly accused priests on December 2, 2013. This John Jay list was posted on our website at the time. Stitts was in ministry when he died in 1985.   Continue reading

Statement Regarding Kenneth LaVan

From Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens In February 2014, we disclosed that there were substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against Kenneth LaVan. Then in March, 2014, we publicly released the following additional information, which was reported in the … Continue reading

Tough lessons lead to significant changes

From Archbishop John Nienstedt To say that this has been a difficult year is quite an understatement. Here in the archdiocese, Catholics have witnessed many troubling media reports, and many of us have had difficult conversations with friends and family … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Michael Kolar

Michael Kolar is included in list of names posted on our website of men who previously had clergy assignments in the archdiocese and who face substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor in our archdiocese. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Affidavit in John Doe 1 Lawsuit

Today, it was brought to our attention that Jennifer Haselberger, former Chancellor of Canonical Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, provided an affidavit in the case of Doe 1, which is a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona, and Thomas Adamson. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Joseph Wajda

Joseph Wajda is included in the John Jay list, which is posted on our website. We offer our assurances that today we handle things differently regarding priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Internal Investigation

From Archbishop John Nienstedt: Upon my direction, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is conducting an internal investigation involving allegations made against me. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Archbishop Nienstedt

Several months ago, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis received claims regarding alleged misbehavior involving Archbishop John Nienstedt. The claims did not involve anything criminal or with minors. Continue reading

Catholic Spirit wins news awards

The Catholic Spirit garnered three first-place awards, two second places, a third place and a cluster of honorable mentions in the annual newspaper competition of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The awards were presented June … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Deacon Joseph Damiani

From Bishop Andrew H Cozzens At the request of the Clergy Review Board, Archbishop John C. Nienstedt has temporarily removed Deacon Joseph Damiani from ministry while an investigation is reopened regarding a previous allegation of a sexual abuse of a minor.  Deacon Damiani has … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Rev. Joseph Gallatin

From Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis At the recommendation of the Clergy Review Board and the Episcopal Vicar for Ministerial Standards, Very Rev. Reginald Whitt, O.P., I am placing restrictions on the ministry of Rev. … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Francis Hoefgen

From Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens Francis Hoefgen was charged today with first degree criminal sexual conduct in Dakota County Court. Court documents indicate the reported abuse occurred from the spring of 1989 to the fall of 1991. Hoefgen is … Continue reading

Statement: Deposition of Fr. Kevin McDonough

In today’s deposition, Fr. Kevin McDonough responded to questions about his involvement with the archdiocese’s handling of matters involving allegations of clergy sexual abuse while he served as Vicar General between 1991 and 2008, and Delegate for Safe Environment from … Continue reading

Statement: Priest Returns to Ministry

This past weekend, Father David Barrett returned to public ministry at Masses at the parish of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague after a five-month leave of absence related to past sexual misconduct. Father Barrett’s return to ministry as an assistant … Continue reading