From Archbishop John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has received a credible allegation that the Rev. Gerald Dvorak, pastor of St. Peter in Richfield, sexually abused a minor in the 1970s. A “credible allegation” is one that is “not manifestly false or frivolous.” It is not a presumption of guilt. Law enforcement has been notified and, per our protocol, Rev. Dvorak is on a leave of absence and will not exercise priestly ministry during the investigation. We are in the process of notifying the previous parishes where he was assigned. Rev. Dvorak has never had any other allegations against him during his ministry.
Read a statement from Rev. Gerald Dvorak on his voluntary leave of absence.