Category Archives: Settlement Information

Cost of a Coverup: A Million Dollars in 2002

“Saint John’s Abbey resolved and settled various sexual abuse claims against it through monetary and non-monetary agreements. The legal, media and settlement payment expense was approximately $1,000,000.” – Abbey Financial Report, December 2002

The Monks That Live Next Door

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Earlier this month, St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville mailed letters to thousands of St. John’s Prep School alumni saying over a period of more than 40 years, 17 monks had “credible allegations of sexual abuse brought against … Continue reading

St. John’s Names an Offender, 38 Years Later

The letter that St. John’s Abbey agreed to send to former St. Prep School students for whom the St. John’s alumni office had current addresses (approximately 64% of graduates and 15% of non-graduates) went out this week. However, instead of … Continue reading

Abbot: Settlement Involving Prefect in 2002

According to Abbot John Klassen in June of 2010, St. John’s Abbey settled a complaint against former St. John’s Prep School prefect Terry DeSutter in 2002.  At the time of the misconduct, several “prefects” lived in the boy’s dormitory at … Continue reading

Abbot addresses community, abuse cases

Abbot John Klassen broke the silence Wednesday and apologized for not publicly addressing the St. John’s community sooner.

Abbot Klassen’s Letter to St. John’s Community

Dear Members of the Saint John’s Communities, Over the past years, I have been very aware of the fact that it is not only the monks who feel the impact of allegations of misconduct by members of our monastic community. … Continue reading

Listening Sessions on Wednesday

Members of the Saint John’s Campus Community (faculty, staff & students) are invited to attend a listening session with Abbot John Klassen, about the issues of misconduct that were recently in the news. Abbot John will start with brief opening … Continue reading

Covering Abuse Expenses

In a 1998 memo regarding abuse by Michael Bik, Abbot Timothy Kelly made it clear that Saint John’s Abbey, not the individual monk, covers the cost of abuse (including counseling payments for victims). Abbot Timothy Kelly wrote: “With his monastic vows, … Continue reading

Sex abuse scandal kept quiet

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St. John’s Abbey agrees to mail letter at abuse victims’ request

(SC Times) St. John’s Abbey and survivors of sexual misconduct said to be perpetrated by current and former abbey members reached an agreement Friday about the distribution of a letter signed by two survivors and Abbot John Klassen.

AUDIO: St. John’s Abbey Settles Lawsuit

Monday’s announcement came as little surprise to former St. John’s student Patrick Marker. Marker, who graduated from the school in 1983, reported alleged abuse at the hands of a monk in 1989 and was among the initial whistleblowers who pushed … Continue reading

Names released in clergy abuse settlement

( St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson had a press conference on Monday, March 28th, in St. Paul to explain the clergy abuse settlement with St. John’s Abbey of Collegeville. Jeremy McCarthy, an abuse survivor, and the only survivor wishing to speak, stated … Continue reading

St. John’s Abbey/Prep clergy abuse settlement hits snag

(SC Times) ST. PAUL — A key provision of a deal to settle nine of the 12 pending lawsuits against St. John’s Abbey, St. John’s Prep School and 10 clergy members accused of sexual misconduct was in dispute late Monday.

Victims Released from Confidentiality Clauses

In the settlement announced on Monday, victims who previously settled with St. John’s were released from the confidentiality clauses contained within those agreements. If you were a victim of misconduct, we invite you to tell your story (while maintaining your … Continue reading

Former Monks Visited at Home

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – Every alumnus of St. John’s University in Collegeville will soon be getting a letter from the school. The letter names 17 priests and monks who the Abbey has identified as having credible allegations of sexual abuse brought … Continue reading

Abuse victims hope St. John’s settlement leads to change

(MPR) St. Paul, Minn. — People who attended St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville may soon receive an unusual letter in the mail. According to a settlement announced Monday, St. John’s must send a letter to all alumni of its … Continue reading

17 named in clergy sex-abuse case

( The identities of 17 monks who have faced “credible allegations of sexual abuse” or other misconduct were made public Monday, representing a break in the secrecy that has long surrounded most Minnesota clergy abuse cases. The names were released … Continue reading

St. John’s abuse suits settled, 17 monks named

ST. PAUL (SC Times)— An agreement to settle nine lawsuits against St. John’s Abbey and St. John’s Prep School includes the release of a list of 17 monks who have had credible allegations of sexual misconduct brought against them.

Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Settled

(Fox 9) ST. PAUL, Minn. – A settlement has been reached with St. John’s Abbey in nine alleged sexual abuse cases involving 10 monks or priests at St. John’s Prep in Collegeville, Minn.

Sex-abuse settlement with St. John’s Prep names 17 monks

( The attorney for nine people who say they were abused by Roman Catholic clergy announced a settlement Monday of lawsuits against St. John’s Preparatory School of Collegeville, Minn.