July 17, 2015 – Statement on listening sessions

July 17, 2015 STATEMENT RE: LISTENING SESSIONS AND RECENT LAWSUITS Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud will hold a series of listening sessions in August following allegations of sexual abuse committed by three priests of the diocese. The Diocese of St. Cloud was recently notified of four civil lawsuits alleging abuse by…

January 23, 2015 – Diocese of St. Cloud Statement Regarding Court’s Summary Judgment

January 23, 2015 DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD STATEMENT REGARDING COURT’S SUMMARY JUDGMENT The Diocese of St. Cloud received notice today of the Seventh Judicial District Court’s decision to dismiss a nuisance claim against the diocese in a case alleging sexual abuse by James Thoennes in the mid-1960s. “While I welcome today’s decision by the court,…

September 18, 2014 – Diocese of St. Cloud Statement Regarding Today’s Complaint

September 18, 2014 DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD STATEMENT REGARDING TODAY’S COMPLAINT The Diocese of St. Cloud is among the defendants named in civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse committed by Richard Eckroth and Cosmas Dahlheimer, monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville who also served in parishes within the Diocese of St. Cloud. The diocese has…

September 18, 2014 – Statement Regarding James Thoennes

September 18, 2014 STATEMENT REGARDING JAMES THOENNES At a press conference in St. Paul today, a brief video excerpt from a deposition taken Sept. 9 from James Thoennes was shown. Thoennes, a priest of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, is included on a list of clergy in the diocese likely involved in the sexual abuse…

Bishop Kettler: Four added to list of clergy likely to have abused minors

March 13, 2014 As I mentioned in a previous press release, since my appointment as the bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud I have been trying to familiarize myself with the diocese and the records maintained by my predecessor bishops. One purpose in reviewing records was to provide the public with the names of…

Bishop Kettler: Corrections to list of clergy involved in sexual abuse of minors

February 14, 2014 Henry Lutgen: Additional assignments inadvertently omitted: Assistant director Catholic Charities, St. Cloud; St. Columbkille, St. Wendel; Community Hospital and Pine Villa, Melrose; St. Mary, Melrose. Adelbert Wolski, TOR (Third Order Regular of St. Francis): Deceased, Jan. 3, 2012, Hollidaysburg, Pa. Please note that we list official assignments only. An individual priest may have also served in other…

Bishop Kettler: List of clergy likely to have abused minors

January 3, 2014 For immediate release……………  When I became Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, in November 2013, I immediately began connecting with people, familiarizing myself with policies, and reviewing important documents that I am responsible for as Bishop. Part of that process has involved reviewing files regarding claims of sexual abuse of minors…