Despite credible allegations of misconduct — and despite Abbot John Klassen’s repeated claims of transparency — Father Donald Tauscher’s name has never been made public.
Abbot Timothy Kelly from Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota (USA) reportedly settled with and silenced at least one person who brought forward a complaint by a person who had allegedly been sexually assaulted by Father Donald Tauscher, OSB.
Father Tauscher’s parish assignments include Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and Saint Bartholomew’s in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Father Tauscher has previously been accused of sexual misconduct involving a female while he supervised a river rafting trip. An eyewitness to that alleged misconduct contacted this web site several years ago.
Father Tauscher was reportedly sent from his assignment in Wayzata to the abbey’s satellite monastery and school (San Antonio Abad) in Humacao, Puerto Rico in approximately 1975, following reports of misconduct.
If you have any information about Father Donald Tauscher, please feel from to contact this web site, law enforcement and/or an attorney.
Do not contact Saint John’s Abbey. Abbot John Klassen remains interested only in the protection of the abbey, no matter the cost to victims, especially the victims who were not minors. [ View ]
In 2011, Father Tauscher was appointed director of oblates at Saint John’s Abbey, a position that Abbot John Klassen allowed credibly accused sexual offender Father Allen Tarlton to hold until a planned protest in 2002 [ View ].
Additional information regarding Donald Tauscher, OSB:
“Donald Tauscher, OSB, served as teacher and principal of Colegio San Antonio Abad in Humacao, Puerto Rico, and the adjunct Spanish pastoral associate of the Cold Spring parish. Other pastoral assignments include two parishes in his native state of Wisconsin, one in Wayzata, Minnesota, and the chaplaincy of two Minnesota hospitals. Father Don was a Liturgical Press editor, directed the abbey’s spiritual life program and is presently involved in spiritual direction.” – Abbey Banner, 2009