Archdiocese releases list of priests accused of sexually abusing minors

Archbishop Nienstedt talks transparency; apologizes to victims

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of 30 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The list also includes an additional four priests who have unsubstantiated claims against them.

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Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de North gave permission for the names to be released at a hearing Dec. 2, giving the Archdiocese 15 days to do so. The names had previously been sealed under a protective order in a 2009 lawsuit.

The Archdiocese says, in an article posted by The Catholic Spirit, the Archdiocese's official media outlet, that the list was originally compiled in 2003 for John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. At that time, the school published a national study of clergy sexual abuse between 1950 and 2002.

Archbishop John Nienstedt wrote in a column for The Catholic Spirit that he hopes the decision to release the list will help victims "move forward on a path toward healing," citing new disclosure practices he hopes will make the Archdiocese more transparent.

"My staff and I are completely committed to combating the problem of sexual abuse and doing all we can to ensure that these horrors are never repeated in the Church," he wrote. "These disclosures being made now, and the changes in our disclosure practices generally, are part of a comprehensive and cohesive set of actions we have been taking here in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis this fall to address the issues associated with clergy sexual misconduct."

Nienstedt says additional cases are still being investigated, and as claims are deemed credible and are substantiated, new names will be added to the list and available to the public on the Archdiocese's website.

"I must say once again to all victims of this abuse: I am so sorry for the pain you have endured," Nienstedt wrote.

However, Nienstedt's apologetic words are not enough to make up for years of covering up abuse, according to Megan Peterson, Twin Cities leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

"We should keep in mind that this disclosure of names is also not voluntary," Peterson wrote. "It's something forced on Neinstedt [sic] by legal and public pressure," Peterson wrote in a SNAP statement.

She called the list "incomplete," citing recent allegations of sexual abuse of a girl by the Rev. Michael Keating, a former priest at St. John the Baptist Church in New Brighton, which were not included in the Archdiocese disclosure.

The Archdiocese has been under public scrutiny since its former canon lawyer, Jennifer Haselberger, gave information in July to Minnesota Public Radio regarding several priests who have been accused of sexual and other forms of misconduct but were never investigated by law enforcement.

Haselberger resigned her position in April after she says she made multiple attempts to alert Archdiocesan officials of the misconduct.

The following list reflects the priests who have served or currently reside in Lillie Suburban Newspapers' coverage area. The list includes each cleric's name, birth date, year of ordination, prior assignments, date of removal from ministry and the city and state where he presently resides. The details of the allegations were not made public.

John Brown
Date of birth: 7/2/1920 (Age: 93)
Date of ordination: 1948
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, St. Timothy, Maple Lake, 1948-1949;    
•     Associate priest, Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, 1949-1950;    
•     Associate priest, St. John, St. Paul, 1950-1951;    
•     Associate priest, Hopkins, 1951-1956;    
•     Chaplain, U.S. Army, 1956-1958;    
•     Associate priest, St. Mary, LeCenter, 1958-1960;    
•     Temporary administrator, St. Mary, LeCenter, 1960;    
•     Administrator, St. Mary, Waverly, 1960-1963;    
•     Pastor, St. Mary, Waverly, 1963-1964;    
•     Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua, Minneapolis, 1964-1966;    
•     Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Marysburg, 1966-1970;    
•     Pastor, Sacred Heart, Faribault, 1970-1978;    
•     Pastor, St. Peter Claver, St. Paul, 1978-1981;    
•     Pastor, Annunciation, Hazelwood, 1981-1990
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002
Current location: Maplewood, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Gilbert Gustafson
Date of birth: 4/18/1951 (Age 62)
Date of ordination: 1977
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, St. Mary of the Lake, White Bear Lake, 1977-1982;    
•     Administrator, St. Mary of the Lake, White Bear Lake, 1978;    
•     Associate director, Continuing Education and Spiritual Growth for Priests, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1982;    
•     Student, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., 1982-1983;    
•     Associate priest, St. Matthew, St. Paul, 1983-1988;    
•     In residence, St. Peter, Mendota 1988-2002 (unassigned);    
•     Resigned, 2002
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002
Current location: St. Paul, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Richard Jeub
Date of birth: 2/21/1940 (Age: 73)
Date of ordination: 1966
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, St. Joseph, Hopkins, 1966-1967;    
•     Associate priest, Our Lady of Grace, Edina, 1967-1970    
•     Associate priest, St. Mark, St. Paul, 1970-1976;    
•     Associate priest, Christ the King, Minneapolis, 1976-1978;    
•     Chaplain, Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, 1978-1982;    
•     Chaplain, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, 1978-1982;    
•     Pastor, St. Kevin, Minneapolis, 1981-1990;    
•     Associate priest, Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, 1996-1997;    
•     Associate priest, Sacred Heart/St. Lawrence, Faribault, 1997-2000;    
•     Associate priest, St. Rose of Lima, Roseville, 2000-2002;    
•     Retired, 2002
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002
Current location: Crosby, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Dennis Kampa
Date of birth: 5/31/1932 (Age 81)
Date of ordination: 1968
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, Immaculate Conception, Faribault, 1968-1969;    
•     Associate priest, St. Mark, St. Paul, 1969-1972;    
•     Associate priest, St. Joseph, West St. Paul, 1972-1974;    
•     Associate priest, Holy Family, St. Louis Park, 1974-1976;    
•     Associate priest, Holy Trinity, South St. Paul, 1976-1980;    
•     Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul, Osseo, 1980-1989;    
•     Administrator, St. Michael, Pine Island, 1989-1990;    
•     Administrator, St. Michael, Kenyon, 1989-1990;    
•     Pastor, St. Michael, Pine Island, 1990-2002;    
•     Retired, 2002
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2003
Current location: Victoria, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Lee Krautkremer
Date of birth: 8/28/1940 (Age 73)
Date of ordination: 1966
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, Immaculate Conception, Faribault, 1966;    
•     Associate priest, St. Peter, North St. Paul, 1966-1967;    
•     Associate priest, St. Margaret Mary, Golden Valley, 1967-1968;    
•     Associate priest, St. Michael, St. Michael, 1968-1970;    
•     Associate priest, St. Michael, West St. Paul, 1970-1975;    
•     Associate priest, St. Peter, Forest Lake, 1975-1978;    
•     Pastor, St. Joseph, Lino Lakes, 1978-1984;    
•     Pastor, St. Michael, St. Michael, 1984-1987;    
•     Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis, 1987-1989;    
•     Chaplain, North Memorial Hospital, Robbinsdale, 1987-2002
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002
Current location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Current status: Laicized in 2006

Robert Kapoun
Date of birth: 12/1/1938 (Age 75)
Date of ordination: 1964
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, Holy Redeemer, Montgomery, 1964-1967;    
•     Associate priest, St. Kevin, Minneapolis, 1967-1971;    
•     Associate priest, St. Raphael, Crystal, 1971-1974;    
•     Chaplain, Home of the Good Shepherd, North Oaks, 1974-1976;    
•     Medical leave, 1976-1977;    
•     Pastor, St. Patrick, Cedar Lake, 1977-1984;    
•     Administrator, St. Catherine, Spring Lake, 1977-1984;    
•     Pastor, St. Scholastica, Heidelberg, 1984-1996;    
•     Administrator, St. Joseph, Lexington, 1984-1996;    
•     Pastor, St. Thomas, St. Thomas, 1991-1996;    
•     Resigned, 1996;    
•     Retired, 1998
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002
Current location: Cold Spring, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Timothy McCarthy
Date of birth: 6/26/1946 (Age 67)
Date of ordination: 1973
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, St. Leo, St. Paul, 1973-1974;    
•     Associate priest, All Saints, Lakeville, 1974-1977;    
•     Administrator, St. Andrew, Elysian, 1977-1982;    
•     Associate priest, St. Peter Claver, St. Paul, 1982-1984;    
•     On special assignment, 1982-1984;    
•     Associate priest, Guardian Angels, Lake Elmo, 1984;    
•     Associate priest, St. Joseph, Lino Lakes, 1984-1986;    
•     Pastor, Holy Redeemer, Maplewood, 1986-1991;    
•     Resigned, 1991
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 1991
Current location: Believed to be residing in Oakdale, Minn., or St. Paul, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Francis Reynolds
Date of birth: 9/5/1922, deceased
Date of ordination: 1955
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, Maternity of Mary, St. Paul, 1955-1957;    
•     Associate priest, St. Patrick, St. Paul, 1957-1964;    
•     Associate priest, Visitation, Minneapolis, 1964-1966;    
•     Associate priest, St. Margaret Mary, Golden Valley, 1966-1968;    
•     Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Buffalo, 1968-1985;    
•     Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis, 1985-1986;
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 1987
Died in 1988

Richard Skluzacek
Date of birth: 8/10/1932, deceased
Date of ordination: 1957
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, St. Stanislaus, St. Paul, 1957-1964;    
•     Administrator, St. Stanislaus, St. Paul, 1964-1966;    
•     Associate priest, St. Stephen, Anoka, 1966-1967;    
•     Associate priest, Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery, 1967-1968;    
•     Administrator, Most Holy Trinity, Veseli, 1968-1973;    
•     Administrator, St. Nicholas, New Market, 1970-1974;    
•     Pastor, Most Holy Trinity, Veseli, 1974;    
•     Pastor, Corpus Christi, Roseville, 1974-1978;    
•     Pastor, St. Joseph, Hopkins, 1978-1990;    
•     Chaplain, Veterans Medical Center, Minneapolis, 1990-1998;
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2005
Died in 2012

Thomas Stitts
Date of birth: 5/5/1935, deceased
Date of ordination: 1962
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, St. Matthew, St. Paul, 1962-1965;    
•     Associate priest, Our Lady of Grace, Edina, 1965-1966;    
•     Associate priest, Guardian Angels, Hastings, 1966-1970;    
•     Associate priest, Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul, 1970;    
•     Administrator, St. Leo, St. Paul, 1970-1973;    
•     Pastor, St. George, Long Lake, 1973-1980;    
•     Pastor, St. John the Baptist, New Brighton, 1980-1985
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 1985
Died in 1985

Robert Thurner
Date of birth: 11/25/1925 (Age 88)
Date of ordination: 1951
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, Most Holy Trinity, St. Louis Park, 1951-1963;    
•     Administrator, Most Holy Trinity, St. Louis Park, 1959;    
•     Associate priest, St. Luke, St. Paul, 1963-1967;    
•     Pastor, St. Michael, Prior Lake, 1967-1970;    
•     Pastor, St. John the Evangelist, Hopkins, 1970-1983;    
•     Associate priest, St. Joseph, West St. Paul, 1983-1986;    
•     Temporary administrator, St. Edward, Bloomington, 1986;    
•     Pastor, St. Therese, St. Paul, 1986-1991
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2002
Current location: Maplewood, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Clarence Vavra
Date of birth: 3/13/1939 (Age 74)
Date of ordination: 1965
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, St. Rose of Lima, Roseville, 1965-1969;    
•     Associate priest, St. Philip, Minneapolis, 1969-1970;    
•     Associate priest, St. Peter, North St. Paul, 1970-1971;    
•     Associate priest, Guardian Angels, Hastings, 1971-1972;    
•     Absent, 1972-1973;    
•     Associate priest, St. Matthew, St. Paul, 1973-1975;    
•    Diocese of Rapid City, 1975-1976;    
•     Associate priest, Holy Spirit, St. Paul, 1976-1977;    
•     Pastor, Sacred Heart Rush City, 1977-1978;    
•     Administrator, St. Gregory, North Branch, 1977-1978;    
•     Associate priest, St. Wenceslaus, New Prague, 1979;    
•     Associate priest, St. Jerome, Maplewood, 1979-1981;    
•     Pastor, Holy Redeemer, Maplewood, 1981-1986;    
•     Unassigned, 1986-1987;    
•     Temporary administrator, St. Genevieve, Centerville, 1987;    
•     Pastor, St. Nicholas, New Market, 1987-1992;    
•     Temporary administrator, St. Philip, Minneapolis, 1992-1993;    
•     Pastor, St. Philip, Minneapolis, 1993-1996;    
•     Sabbatical, 1996-1997;    
•     Associate priest, Nativity of Mary, Cleveland, 1997;    
•     Associate priest, Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery, 1997-2003;    
•     Associate priest, St. Patrick, Shieldsville, 1997-2003;    
•     Retired, 2003
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2003
Current location: New Prague, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Joseph Wajda
Date of birth: 2/9/1947 (Age 66)
Date of ordination: 1973
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate priest, St. Raphael, Crystal, 1973-1977;    
•     Associate priest, Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights, 1977-1981;    
•     Administrator, Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights, 1980-1981;    
•     Associate priest, St. Rose of Lima, Roseville, 1982-1986;    
•     Temporary administrator, St. Joseph, Waconia, 1986;    
•     Temporary administrator, Sts. Peter and Paul, Loretto, 1986;    
•     Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis, 1986-1987;    
•     Pastor, St. Andrew, St. Paul, 1987-1989;    
•     Associate priest, Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul, 1990-1991;    
•     Student, Catholic University of America, 1992-1994;    
•     Judicial Vicar, Metropolitan Tribunal, St. Paul, 1996-2002
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2003
Current location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Curtis Wehmeyer
Date of birth: 9/28/1964 (Age 49)
Date of ordination: 2001
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese:    
•     Associate pastor, St. Joseph, West St. Paul, 2001-2006;    
•     Parochial administrator, Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul, 2006-2009;    
•     Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Paul, 2009-2011;    
•     Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul, 2009-2012
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 2012
Current location: Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry. Incarcerated

Clergy included on John Jay Commission list with unsubstantiated claims

The Archdiocese also included the names of four priests who have claims against them. The John Jay Commission received the additional names, along with the 30 others, in 2004 even though it has not been determined if the sexual abuse of a minor claims could be substantiated. The Archdiocese says it has been unable to verify any of the claims made in two of the four cases.

Eugene Corica
Date of birth: 7/31/1933 (Age 80)
Date of ordination: 1960
Parish assignments:    
•     Associate priest, St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights, 1974-1979;    
•     Pastor, St. Bridget, Minneapolis, 1979-1983;    
•     Associate pastor, St. Raphael, Crystal, 1983-1985;    
•     Temporary administrator, Holy Childhood, St. Paul, 1985;    
•     Administrator, Holy Family, St. Louis Park, 1985-1987;    
•     Pastor, Holy Family, St. Louis Park, 1987-1995
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date no longer in ministry: 1995
Current location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Current status: Left ministry in 1995
Eugene Corica was accused of having sexual relationships with adult women. No claim of sexual abuse of a minor was made or substantiated against Corica. The Archdiocese has not been able to determine why he was included in the list provided to the John Jay Commission.
 

A full list of the 34 priests can be found at www.archspm.org/resources/articles-detail.php?intResourceID=10863.

Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews.

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