July 15, 2020 – Listening session scheduled for Rush Lake

July 15, 2020 LISTENING SESSION SCHEDULED FOR RUSH LAKE Bishop Donald Kettler will hold a listening session at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, at St. Lawrence Church in Rush Lake following the recent placement of Father Charles Meyer on the list of clergy likely to have abused minors. The listing follows notification by the Diocese…

June 15, 2020 – Diocese files for Chapter 11 Reorganization

June 15, 2020 DIOCESE FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 REORGANIZATION The Diocese of St. Cloud filed a voluntary petition today for relief under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code in the Minnesota Bankruptcy Court. This filing follows the announcement May 26 of the diocese and survivors of clergy sexual abuse reaching agreement on a framework for…

June 12, 2020 — Statement re: Additional priest name disclosure

June 12, 2020 STATEMENT RE: ADDITIONAL PRIEST NAME DISCLOSURE Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has added an additional name to the list of clergy likely to have abused minors. The bishop added Father Charles Meyer, a member of the Society of the Precious Blood, to the list following notification by the…

July 1, 2019 – Statement re: Father Joseph Backowski

  July 1, 2019 STATEMENT RE: FATHER JOSEPH BACKOWSKI The following is a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud: “Father Joseph Backowski has been on leave since January from his previous assignments in Breckenridge and Kent to address personal health concerns. In anticipation of his return to ministry, a plan was developed in…

March 29, 2019 – Lawsuit regarding Diocese of St. Cloud

March 29, 2019 LAWSUIT REGARDING DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD The Diocese of St. Cloud is among the defendants in a civil lawsuit accusing Father Joseph Backowski of sexual misconduct with an adult woman. Father Backowski is pastor of St. Mary of the Presentation Church in Breckenridge and St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Kent. He has…

March 6, 2019 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

March 6, 2019 FOUR LISTENING SESSIONS SCHEDULE FOR MARCH Bishop Donald Kettler will hold listening sessions following an allegation of past sexual misconduct involving Bishop Harold Dimmerling while he was serving as a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Because of that allegation, Bishop Kettler has asked a Diocesan Response Team to hold listening…

November 12, 2018 – Additional Clergy Name Disclosure

November 12, 2018 ADDITIONAL CLERGY NAME DISCLOSURE Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has added the name of Bishop Harold Dimmerling to the list of clergy likely to have abused minors. Dimmerling was a priest of the Saint Cloud Diocese who later served as bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, from 1969…

August 22, 2018 – Re: Aug. 22 Anderson Press Conference

August 22, 2018 RE: AUG. 22 ANDERSON PRESS CONFERENCE The decision on whether to convene a statewide grand jury is for others to make. If one is convened, the Diocese of St. Cloud will fully cooperate. In 2016, the diocese provided all files and documents related to the sexual abuse of minors that were requested…

February 14, 2018 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

February 14, 2018 UPDATED STATEMENT RE: FATHER ANTHONY OELRICH Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has been notified by the St. Cloud Police Department that Father Anthony Oelrich, a priest of the diocese, was arrested Feb. 13 following an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct involving an adult woman. Bishop Kettler has removed…