The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis today announced that Fr. Joseph Gallatin has agreed to take a leave of absence from active ministry. Fr. Gallatin’s clergy file recently was reviewed as a part of the comprehensive file review by an outside professional firm that currently is reviewing files of all clergy in active ministry.
This review has identified a single incident of inappropriate conduct with a minor many years ago involving a boundary violation. The outside professional review team has concluded that the incident did not involve a crime. However, to ensure all appropriate steps have been taken, the archdiocese also recently informed law enforcement about the incident.
Fr. Gallatin has been serving as a pastor at the Church of St. Peter in Mendota since July 2008. While on his leave of absence, Fr. Gallatin will remain pastor but will not be performing any public ministry until a final review is complete.
The archdiocese asks for prayers for all affected by this decision.