The 2015 List: Nineteen Names

According to this afternoon’s media advisory [Link], the latest list of credibly accused monks from Saint John’s includes nineteen names.

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Attorneys say settlement reached in lawsuit over alleged abuse at St. John’s Abbey

(Star Tribune) MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man has settled a lawsuit with St. John’s Abbey that will force the release of personnel files for 19 monks accused of sexually abusing minors, attorneys said Monday.

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Clergy Sex Abuse Lawsuit Settled

(SC Times) A Sauk Rapids man has settled a lawsuit that accused a St. John’s Abbey monk of sexual abuse. A news conference has been scheduled for Tuesday to announce the terms of the settlement. The lawsuit against the Rev. Allen Tarlton also named as defendants the Order of St. Benedict, St. John’s Abbey and St. John’s Preparatory School. The lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial Monday.

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Media Advisory: Abuse Survivor and Attorneys Announce Breakthrough Settlement Involving St. John’s Abbey

“The credit for achieving this groundbreaking settlement rests with Doe 2, for having the courage to find his voice, stand up for truth and demand transparency with accountability,” said Jeff Anderson, one of Doe 2’s attorneys.

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Tarlton Autobiography Excerpt #1

“However, on one occasion I gave a sleeping pill to a student and then masturbated him while he slept.” – Father Allen Tarlton

[Webmaster’s Note: Father Allen Tarlton is one of Collegeville’s most notorious offenders. Tarlton wasn’t pulled from public service until a protest was announced in 2002 [ Link ]. Before 2002, Father Allen Tarlton’s misconduct had been reported on numerous occasions, and to numerous individuals, including Abbot Eidenschink, Abbot Theisen, Father Tom Andert and Abbot John Klassen.]

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Diocese Perp Taught at Prep School

1974_YzermannsIn January of 2014, Bishop Donald Kettler released the names of 33 clergy from the Diocese of Saint Cloud “who were likely involved in the sexual abuse of minors.”

The list included Msgr. Vincent Yzermanns. [Link]

Yzermans taught at the Prep School in the mid-1970s.

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Accused Perpetrator is monk-in-charge at Abbey

1979_Father_Tom_AndertAccused perpetrator Father Thomas Andert, O.S.B., will be the “monk-in-charge” at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota later this week while Abbot John Klassen travels to Rome to present Pope Francis with the final volume of the Saint John’s Bible.

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It Can’t Happen Here

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Anyone who was living in the Midwest in the fall of 1989 was familiar with the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping. The story was all over the news. There were newspaper articles, television news stories, posters, billboards, and buttons. Jacob was everywhere, but he couldn’t be found.  – [ Link ]

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Remember Rev. David Cawkwell?

Please contact me if you remember Rev. David Peter-John Cawkwell, priest and author, who spent some time at St. John’s in the early and mid-1990s. Before St. John’s, Father David Cawkwell was at parishes in Redwood Falls, Hutchinson and Silver Lake, Minnesota.

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Archdiocese list includes St. John’s Abbey monks

(SC Times) One name added to that list this week is Michael Bik, a former monk from St. John’s Abbey. Bik’s name appeared previously on a list of abbey monks with substantiated allegations of abuse against them. Bik was permanently removed from ministry in 2002. Other abbey monks on the archdiocese list include Fran Hoefgen, Cosmas Dahlheimer, Thomas Gillespie and Brennan Maiers.

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(SC Times) St. John’s should release all Backous files

The St. Cloud Times reported June 11 that the ex-headmaster of St. John’s Preparatory School was accused of sexual abuse. “The allegations of inappropriate contact by the Rev. Timothy Backous surfaced in a letter sent May 31 by Chris and Kathy McDermid, who live in St. Cloud and whose son was in the choir when it made a trip to Europe in 1990, to Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The letter was copied to (St. John’s Abbot John) Klassen and St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler.” – Anne Clark (CSB Graduate)

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St. John’s Prep principal charged with DWI

(SC Times) The principal of St. John’s Preparatory School has been charged with drunken driving in connection with his November arrest, the Stearns County Attorney’s Office said Monday.

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Letter to Kettler: Warning to Area Students

Bishop Kettler,

In 2011, one of Father Tom Andert’s victims referred to the “horrible culture of hypocrisy” at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville. During several conversations, including his visit to Minnesota after Andert’s appointment in 2007, I heard his pain. Last month, that victim committed suicide.

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2200 Local Students To Attend Mass in Collegeville

Saint John’s Prep is hosting 2,200 students from area Catholic schools on Wednesday, January 28 at noon in the Abbey Church. Bishop Donald Kettler and Abbot John Klassen, OSB will celebrate the mass with pastors from local parishes. We appreciate your hospitality as we welcome our young guests to campus and apologize for any inconvenience or traffic issues it may cause. The students and buses should be off campus by 2:00 p.m. Read More

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St. John’s Prep principal could face DWI charge

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 10.59.43 PM(SC Times) A St. John’s Preparatory School spokeswoman confirmed Monday that a Richmond man arrested on suspicion of drunk driving is the school’s principal.

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How Will Abbot Klassen Handle Reichert Matter?

On November 27, 2014, after an accident and field sobriety test, Saint John’s Preparatory School principal Matt Reichert was arrested [ News ] by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department [ Booking ].

Reichert [ Prep Profile ] was reportedly heading home following a Prep School faculty social at Partners Pub in Sartell. Read More

Saint John’s Prep Principal Arrested

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 10.59.43 PMAccording to the Saint Cloud Times [ Link ] and Stearns County Sheriff, Saint John’s Preparatory School principal Matt Reichert [ View ] was arrested on Wednesday night after an accident and field sobriety test.

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Confrontation to conciliation: Deal shifts clergy abuse legal tactics

Anderson said the agreement will require ongoing public disclosure about abuse cases and that the agreement is more extensive than a 2002 deal reached with St. John’s Abbey about its handling of clergy abuse claims. The Collegeville, Minnesota, abbey agreed to keep abusive monks away from children and pay for therapy for some victims. It also said a review board would investigate abuse complaints. The board included abuse victims and people with law enforcement and mental health experience. Anderson hailed that deal as historic and ground-breaking and also appeared with Abbot John Klassen and victims at a joint news conference, a situation similar to the one planned for this afternoon. (Anderson now says the abbey violated the terms of the agreement, a charge the abbey has denied.)
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