From Tim O’Malley, Director of Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Rev. Joseph Thomas Forcelle and immediately reported it to law enforcement. The alleged sexual abuse is from the late 1970s and early 1980s when he was serving as a priest at Saint Mark Church in Saint Paul.
Yesterday, the Saint Paul Police Department advised that there would not be a criminal investigation and gave permission to the Archdiocese to take action, including making this disclosure. My office notified the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where Father Forcelle has been serving since 1984.
Any questions about Father Forcelle’s status as a priest should be directed to the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota at 605-334-9861.
Joseph Thomas Forcelle
Ordained: May 31, 1980, for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Father Forcelle’s Assignment history in the Archdiocese:
- Associate priest, Saint Olaf, Minneapolis, 6/17/80-6/16/81
- Associate pastor, Saint Mark, Saint Paul, 6/16/81-6/12/84
- Director, Office of Youth Ministry, Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 6/12/84
- Incardinated into the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2/8/88
If anyone has suffered any type of abuse, I encourage you to contact the police immediately.