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…

February 13, 2018 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

February 13, 2018 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 placed Father…

February 9, 2018 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

February 9, 2018 LISTENING SESSION SCHEDULED FOR COLD SPRING Bishop Donald Kettler will hold a listening session at 7 p.m., Feb. 13, at St. Boniface Church in Cold Spring. The session follows the bishop’s recent placement of two Benedictine priests — Casimir Plakut and Augustine John Strub — on the list of clergy likely to…

January 12, 2018 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

January 12, 2018 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. Father Antonio Marfori was ordained Oct. 7, 1978, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. He served the following assignments: part-time associate,…