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

Bishop John C. Nienstedt Named Coadjutor Archbishop of Archdiocese

Pope Benedict XVI today named Bishop John C. Nienstedt of New Ulm as Coadjutor Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. As Coadjutor Archbishop, he will share administrative and pastoral responsibilities with Archbishop Harry J. Flynn who has served as Archbishop … Continue reading

Auxiliary Bishop Richard E. Pates Named Bishop of Des Moines

The Vatican today announced that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Richard E. Pates, current auxiliary bishop of The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa. Pates succeeds Des Moines Bishop … Continue reading