Announcements

Statement Regarding Press Conference on Jerome Kern

Today’s press conference concerns a matter that is alleged to have occurred more than three decades ago. Jerome Kern was removed from ministry in 2002 and has been compliant with a monitoring program. The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Father Paul Moudry

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced today that after much prayer and reflection and in conjunction with the Archdiocese, Father Paul Moudry has chosen to take a voluntary leave of absence. His decision is as a result of … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Father David Barrett

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced today that after careful discernment and much prayer in conjunction with the Archdiocese, Father David Barrett has chosen to take a voluntary leave of absence. His decision is as a result of … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Reporting of Sexual Abuse to Law Enforcement

We join in solidarity with the St. Paul Police Department, and all civil authorities, in continuing to 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 … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Media Reports

Over the past few days, there have been multiple media reports concerning the conduct of a number of priests going back many years. Unfortunately, these reports are incomplete and leave a false impression about the commitment of the Archdiocese to … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Wehmeyer Case

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis deeply regrets the harm Curtis Wehmeyer caused his two young victims, their family and others in our community. We did act swiftly when the allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by Wehmeyer … Continue reading

Statement regarding today’s civil court filings

Today’s civil court filing seeking the release of the names of clergy against whom allegations have been made is not a new request. A Ramsey County District Court judge has considered and denied similar requests on two previous occasions. This … Continue reading

Archdiocese Names Joe Kueppers Chancellor for Civil Affairs

Will Assume Duties of Retiring Chancellor, Andy Eisenzimmer Joseph (Joe) F. Kueppers of Mendota Heights has been named Chancellor of Civil Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Kueppers will succeed Andrew (Andy) Eisenzimmer, who is retiring after … Continue reading

Archdiocese Names Tom Mertens Chief Financial Officer

Will Assume Duties of Retiring CFO, John Bierbaum Thomas J. (Tom) Mertens of Medina has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He will succeed the retiring John Bierbaum, who has served as … Continue reading

Statement on Charges Brought Against Former Archdiocesan Lay Employee

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis was informed today that a former lay employee was formally charged with seven counts of theft by swindle. In January, after accounting staff identified irregularities related to documentation of certain credit card transactions, … Continue reading

Archdiocese Reports Financial Support for Marriage Amendment

Effort Backed by All of Minnesota’s Catholic Bishops The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced today that, as part of a state-wide effort of all of the Catholic bishops of Minnesota, it provided $650,000 in 2011 to the Minnesota … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Allegations Against Father Wenthe

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I was deeply saddened to learn of the arrest last Thursday of Father Christopher Wenthe, a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, on allegations of criminal sexual conduct between Father … Continue reading

Official Announcement: Deacon Martin Kelly Shanahan

On June 26, 2009, the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, decreed that Deacon Martin Kelly Shanahan, a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, is dismissed from the clerical state ex officio et in poenam and released … Continue reading