Category Archives: 2015 File Release

St. John’s Abbey releases files on child-abusing monks

(Star Tribune) St. John’s Abbey released its personnel files on 18 monks credibly accused of sexually abusing minors on Tuesday, but the files already were being labeled incomplete by victims’ advocates.

Abbey Releases Files of 18 Offenders (View Here)

On January 19, 2016, Abbot John Klassen and Saint John’s Abbey released and made available to the public the files of eighteen monk offenders.

St. John’s Abbey releases files on 18 monks accused of abuse

(MPR) As part of a lawsuit settlement, St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., on Tuesday released the personnel files of 18 monks it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

St. John’s Abbey Releases Monks’ Files In Abuse Settlement

COLLEGEVILLE (AP) – St. John’s Abbey has released personnel files of 18 monks it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

Priests Files (PDFs) from the November 2015 File Release

*** Rev. Richard Eckroth Timeline  |  Key Documents  |  File 1  |  File 2  |  File 3 *** Rev. Thomas Gillespie Timeline  |  Key Documents  |  File 1 *** Rev. Francis Hoefgen Timeline  |  Key Documents  |  File 1 *** Rev. Finian McDonald Timeline  |  Key Documents  |  File 1  | … Continue reading

Vatican thwarts review boards, documents show

(Worthy Adversary) Everything the bishops have been led you to believe about the independent power of lay review boards is deliberately misleading.

St. John’s Abbey monk accused of abuse reports 200 sexual encounters

(Star Tribune) One priest reported 200 sexual encounters, including some with students at St. John’s University and prep school. Another recorded the names of dozens of boys he brought to a cabin, some of whom he sexually abused. Another abuser … Continue reading

Settlement sparks release of monk files

(SC Times) ST. PAUL — The personnel files of five St. John’s Abbey monks were released Tuesday as part of the settlement of a lawsuit against the abbey and one of its monks.

Secret files on St. John’s Abbey monks show hundreds of possible victims

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Brand new, once-secret files on 19 monks from St. John’s Abbey show they may have abused hundreds of children. Attorney Jeff Anderson released the files of 5 of those monks Tuesday, saying time is running … Continue reading

St. John’s Abbey monk accused of abuse reports 200-plus sexual encounters

(StarTribune) The first batch of personnel files on monks accused of sex abuse at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville were released Tuesday, in which a former counselor and dormitory prefect at St. John’s University reported having 200 sexual encounters — … Continue reading

Released Files: Rev. Gillespie’s 1996 Removal from St. Joseph, Minnesota

Earlier today, files were released regarding Father Tom Gillespie’s 1996 removal from St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Media Advisory: McDonald, Wollmering, Eckroth, Gillespie, Hoefgen Files

Release the files of five St. John’s monks accused of sexually abusing children.

Abbey Statement on Release of Files

[Webmaster’s Note: The following statement was made by Saint John’s Abbey ahead of Tuesday’s release of five priest files.  The files were turned over and are being released as part of a settlement between the abbey and one of Father Allen Tarlton’s victims. … Continue reading