Archdiocese discloses sexual abuse claims against nine more priests

On Monday, Feb. 17, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of nine more priests thought to have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct.

The archdiocese released the names following a comprehensive file review by Kinsale Management Consulting, an outside firm based in Los Angeles, Calif. The review began in December 2013, when a Ramsey County judge ordered the archdiocese to release the list of priests who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. At that time, the archdiocese disclosed claims against 33 priests.

Of the nine clergy members named Feb. 17, three are deceased. The rest have been removed from ministry.

The list of additional names does not include those who have been accused of sexual abuse but are still currently under investigation.

"The archdiocese will continue to make prudent and ongoing disclosures as we proceed forward,î a statement, dated Feb. 17, from the archdiocese says. "We continue to be humbled by the egregious nature of these crimes against children and pray for forgiveness from victims and their loved ones, along with the hope for healing."

The following priests have served in or currently reside in Lillie Suburban Newspapers' coverage area. The details of the allegations were not made public.

Gerald Funcheon
Date of birth: 7/22/1938
Date of ordination: 5/22/1965
Clericís prior assignments in archdiocese:
-Outside of Archdiocese, 1965-1971
-St. Odilia, Shoreview, 1971-1974
-St. Stephen, Anoka, 1974-1975
-Outside Archdiocese, 1975-1985
-Associate Pastor, St. Stephen, Anoka, 1985
-Left Archdiocese, 1986
Diocese or religious order: Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (Crosiers); Diocese of Lafayette, IN
Date removed from ministry: 1993
Current location: Dittmer, Mo.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Kenneth LaVan
Date of birth: 9/23/1932
Date of ordination: 2/23/1958
Clericís prior assignments in archdiocese:
-Associate Priest, St. Michael, St. Paul, 1958-1964
-Associate Priest, St. Anne, Minneapolis, 1964-1965
-Associate Priest, St. Raphael, Crystal, 1965-1970
-Vicarius Oeconomus, Guardian Angels, Oakdale, 1970-1973
-Pastor, Guardian Angels, Oakdale,  1973-1983
-Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, Lake St. Croix Beach, 1983-1985
-Pastor, St. Richard, Richfield, 1986-1987
-Co-Pastor, St. Joseph, Lino Lakes, 1987-1998
-Associate Priest, St. Joseph, Lino Lakes, 1989-1998
-Retired, 1998
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date removed from ministry: Retired from full time ministry in 1998; Removed from all active ministry December 2013
Current location: Oakdale, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry

Harold Walsh
Date of birth: 4/20/1934
Date of ordination: 9/25/1960
Clericís prior assignments in archdiocese:
-Mission priest, Ireland, 1960-1963
-Davenport, Iowa, 1963-1965
-Holy Redeemer Church, Detroit, Mich., 1965-1967
-St. Michaelís, Chicago, Ill., 1967-1969
-Assistant Pastor, St. Pius X, White Bear Lake, 1969-1970
-Assistant Pastor, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Paul, 1970-1971
-Assistant Pastor, St. Stephen, Minneapolis, 1970-1974
-Pastor, St. Ann, LeSueur, 1974-1979
-Assigned Outside the Archdiocese, 1979-1980
-Pastor, Holy Trinity, South St. Paul, 1980-1985
-Pastor, St. Henry, Monticello, 1985-1991
-Leave of absence, 1991-1994
-Retired, 2001
Diocese or religious order: Ordained Redemptorist Fathers (Ireland); Incardinated in 1972 into Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date removed from ministry: 2005
Current location: Monticello, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry and laicized in 2012

For the full list of and more information about priests within the Archdiocese who have been accused of sexual abuse, visit 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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