Saint Luke Institute, Priest Named


(KSTP) There’s another lawsuit against the Catholic Church over more sexual abuse claims.

The lawsuit names the Order of St. Benedict/St. John’s Abbey, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Saint Luke Institute and Father Francis Hoefgen as defendants.
The lawsuit alleges the organizations allowed Father Hoefgen to work with children even after he admitted to police in 1984 that he sexually abused a minor.

Hoefgen, who was a member of St. John’s, was sent to Saint Luke Institute for an evaluation in 1984 and returned to ministry in 1985 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says he sexually abused a boy when he was there. The victim is a Minnesota man who is now in his 30s.

At a news conference Tuesday, the attorneys for the victim will also ask that the names and files of clerics and priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse be made public.
A call to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis wasn’t immediately returned.

Saint Luke Institute, Priest Named in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
Jennie Olson

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