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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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

(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 … Continue reading

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.

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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St. John’s Prep principal could face DWI charge

(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.

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 … Continue reading

Saint John’s Prep Principal Arrested

According 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 … Continue reading

Abuse survivors name St. John’s Abbey in nuisance claim

(KARE 11) ST. PAUL, Minn. — A group of clergy abuse survivors Thursday filed a public nuisance lawsuit against St. John’s Abbey and the Diocese of St. Cloud, claiming those organizations aren’t doing enough to police priests who’ve been credibly … Continue reading

SJU QB’s Threat Case Referred to SCAO in 2012

According to a document from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department (below), a matter concerning today’s starting quarterback was referred to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office, “for review and consideration of criminal charges including terroristic threats in violation of MSS 609.713 subs … Continue reading

New suits seek information on abusive priests in St. Cloud area

(MPR) St. John’s did not name the other five at that time, and it is not clear if they are among the names on the list released in December. St. John’s officials have declined to explain the discrepancy.

St. Paul, Collegeville priests sex abuse alleged in new lawsuits

(Pioneer Press) St. John’s Abbey and two clerics — one who worked at the Church of St. Bernard in St. Paul — were sued Thursday by men claiming they suffered sexual abuse as children.

Victim sues Abbey, Diocese for its handling of abuse allegations

(SC Times) ST. PAUL – A lawsuit filed Thursday in Stearns County District Court accuses St. John’s Abbey and the Diocese of St. Cloud of creating a public nuisance with their handling of clergy sex abuse allegations against their priests … Continue reading

Former priest pleads not guilty to abusing Hastings altar boy

A priest accused of repeatedly raping a Hastings altar boy in the late 1980s and early ’90s pleaded not guilty in a Dakota County courtroom Friday.

Jim Harbaugh and (Alleged) Perp Priest Backous

The results of concurrent investigations by his former employer, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Saint John’s Abbey have yet to be released, but that hasn’t stopped accused monk/priest Timothy Backous from updating his Facebook page to include … Continue reading

Father Tupa’s Web Site Gone, Porn Store Removed

Father Jerome Tupa – a priest from Saint John’s Abbey and the subject of a December 12, 2012 letter [ View ] to Father Bob Rolfes at the Diocese of Saint Cloud – no longer has a web site at jerometupa.com and he … Continue reading