Category Archives: Jacob Wetterling

A Statement from Saint John’s Abbey

The monks of Saint John’s Abbey are vowed to mutual respect between persons and a celibate way of life. We regard sexual abuse or sexual exploitation by a member of our community to be morally reprehensible. We are profoundly sorry … Continue reading

Agents reviewing Abbey’s records

Authorities investigating the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling are reviewing records of 11 monks under restrictions at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn.

St. John’s Abbey Responds

New information is passing between St. John’s Abbey and the Stearns County sheriff about monks accused of sexual abuse. Officials at the abbey say the information was never restricted. But recent interest in cases of sex abuse by clergy led … Continue reading

Abbot to Give Sheriff List

COLLEGEVILLE – Stearns County Sheriff Jim Kostreba has asked St. John’s Abbot John Klassen to list the whereabouts from 1970 to 1990 of 13 Benedictine monks and priests accused of sexual misdeeds.

Small Town Is Shaken By a Child’s Abduction

(NY Times) ST. JOSEPH, Minn., Oct. 29 — Frightened and puzzled, the children of this small town have been asking their parents, again and again, ”Why?” There are no good answers. One week ago, an 11-year-old boy, Jacob Wetterling, was … Continue reading