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Rev. Angelo (Gerhard) Zankl, O.S.B.
April 19, 1901 - July 12, 2007
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Allegations of Abuse and/or Misconduct
Father Zankl reportedly fathered at least two children by two separate women, including one minor, a parishioner from St. Joseph, in 1945. The baby was reportedly born in Fergus Falls and given up for adoption.

Miscellaneous Notes
Father Angelo served as associate pastor in Mandan, North Dakota, from 1930 to 1932 when he returned to Saint John's first as a teacher, then as Dean of Men for six years (1932-1938). The next year he began a long and successful career in pastoral ministry: associate pastor briefly at Detroit Lakes and then at St. Bernard's Parish in St. Paul from 1939 to 1940. In 1940 he became chaplain for the Benedictine Sisters at St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph. While there he also taught and assisted in the nearby parish church. Serving as chaplain for Benedictine Sisters in three different monasteries over 22 years became a major element of his long life.

After service as a hospital chaplain from 1945 to 1946 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Father Angelo was called back to teach at Saint John's University between 1946 and 1950 when the College of Arts and Sciences rapidly expanded due to the nationwide influx of former GI's into institutions of higher education. He resumed pastoral work, first in Mahnomen/Bejou, and then in Duluth where he was pastor of St. Clement's Church for 16 years until 1967. In 1967 he returned to teaching and service as chaplain to the Benedictine Sisters at Mount Saint Benedict in Crookston. He found the time and energy also to teach at Corbett Junior College until 1972. For two years he was chaplain of Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring and then began his final ministry of thirteen years with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth. Father Angelo returned to the abbey on June 1, 1987.

Born: Available but not Published
Hometown: Available but not Published
Professed: July 11, 1921
Ordained: May 29, 1926
Died: July 12, 2007
First Year Listed in Ordo at St. John's: 1950
Last Year Listed in Ordo at St. John's: 2007

Possible names for Rev. Angelo (Gerhard) Zankl, O.S.B.:
Fr. Angelus Zankl, Father Angelus Zankl
Fr. Angelo Zankl, Father Angelo Zankl
Fr. Gerhardus Zankl, Father Gerhardus Zankl
Fr. Gerhard Zankl, Father Gerhard Zankl

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