COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Two monks living under restrictions at St. John’s Abbey for alleged sexual misconduct have been relieved of their duties at the abbey by Abbot John Klassen.
Klassen has removed the Rev. Fran Hoefgen as guest master of the abbey’s guest house and the Rev. Allen Tarlton as director of it’s Oblate program – a program in which people devote themselves to the manifestations of the Benedictine faith.
A group which demanded Tarlton’s removal had threatened to protest this weekend during the Oblate retreat.
The Rev. William Skudlarek, abbey spokesman, said Klassen didn’t learn of the protest until after he made the changes.