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Category Archives: Tim Backous
According to Father David Ostrowski, former Saint John’s Abbey monk and current priest with the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis: “We have to rid our church of these mentally ill men and we also have to hold those who covered it … Continue reading
According to the October 13, 2013 Immaculate Heart of Mary bulletin [ View ]:
Father Timothy Backous, OSB, has been appointed Essentia Health’s Vice President of Mission Integration and Benedictine Sponsorship. Father Tim will focus the majority of his time on the Catholic hospitals of the Twin Ports, but also will support and coordinate … Continue reading
The following is taken from the transcript of a call between the Stearns County Sheriff Department (SCSD) and Saint John’s Life Safety (SJLS) on June 29, 2013 at 12:19pm.
Fr. Jonathan Licari, OSB, has been chosen as the next headmaster for St. John’s Prep school.
Saint John’s Abbey has quietly admitted, via a revamped web site, that at least 23 members of its community have been credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct.
The most shocking thing about Saint John’s list of eighteen monk offenders… at least nine of the men on the list remain on campus today.
Since 1940, at least 50 members of the Saint John’s community have been accused of sexual abuse or misconduct. An equal or greater number of men participated in the coverup of misconduct. The issues and conversations related to sexual abuse … Continue reading
(SC TImes) The Rev. Robert Koopmann will not seek a second term as president of St. John’s University, he announced today.
According to Sister Jeanne Weber, chair of the Mount Marty College Board of Directors Fr. Timothy Backous from St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota is no longer being considered for the position as the new president of Mount Marty College … Continue reading
[Webmaster's Note: St. John's Abbey has been under scrutiny for years because its members have done far more to protect the community's reputation than help victims of misconduct. Fr. Tim Backous explains the thought process that allows this to occur.] … Continue reading
Why on earth would a grown man subject himself to obedience, stability and something called “conversatio morum” unless he was a bit looney? – Tim Backous, OSB
Mount Marty College has named the five finalists for its new president, with interviews slated to begin next week. The field, announced Monday, features a Benedictine monk, an attorney, college administrators and a businessman. The finalists, including a former Yankton … Continue reading
“As a member of the monastic community, Fr. Tim Backous (Headmaster of St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota) has been aware of credible allegations of sexual misconduct against Fr. Francisco Schulte for almost two decades. During that time, not … Continue reading
“We use the word “community” quite a bit in places like ours but forget its most elemental meaning – caring for each other.” – Blog Entry by Fr. Tim Backous, September 2, 2009
(Fox 9) ST. PAUL, Minn. – A man who says he was sexually abused by an instructor at St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville is filing a Ramsey County lawsuit against the school, the religious order of monks that runs … Continue reading
Monastic life is often thought of as “counter-cultural” and perhaps this is a radical instance of that. Monks are mysteriously able to tolerate almost anything. – Tim Backous, OSB
And while the subject is numbers, allow me to share more good news, this time from the monastic side. Last week we clothed four new novices (for those unfamiliar with these terms – those who spend a year in the … Continue reading