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Saint John’s Abbey Releases Names of “Likely Offenders”

Saint John’s Abbey released a statement Monday voluntarily naming 18 monks that have “likely offended against minors”—most of whom have already been publically named. Nine of the names on the list reside at the Abbey under supervised plans, seven of the monks have deceased, and two of the monks—including Francis Hoefgen, who was indicted by a lawsuit filed on Nov. 19—have since left the clergy.

“We are including all 18 names to provide as complete of a list as we can to acknowledge the pain suffered by victims. This list underscores our commitment to being transparent in our policies and procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse,” Abbey spokesperson Br. Aelred Senna said.

Attorney Jeff Anderson filed a lawsuit in November in Dakota County court that names the Abbey as a defendant for allegedly concealing or neglecting to fully disclose Hoefgen’s misconduct prior to his establishment at St. Boniface parish in Hastings in 1985. Today’s letter is the first list of names announced by the Abbey since they released a list of 17 names in 2011 as part of a different case.

The entire Abbey statement and list of names can be found below.

 

Bik, Michael

Eckroth, Richard

Gillespie, Thomas

Maiers, Brennan

McDonald, Finian

Moorse, Dunstan

Phillips, James

Schulte, Francisco

Tarlton, Allen

Bennett, Andre†

Blumeyer, Robert†

Dahlheimer, Cosmas†

Hoefgen, Francis*

Hohmann, Othmar†

Keller, Dominic†

Kelly, John*

Wendt, Pirmin†

Wollmering, Bruce†

 

† = deceased
* = no longer a monk of Saint John’s

View the official statement here.



  • Brother Willie

    This list is not conclusive, at all. Many more secrets lurk on this campus…lies, deflection, euphemism, silence are always the strategy. Many CSB/SJU administrators have participated in this endless, decades long coverup too, and the community slides south to ruin. Such a beautiful place, with a mingling of greatness, light, and darkness. Weirdly monks still live in the dorms, Abbot John keeps writing checks to buy victim silence, and people like Jonathan Licari, among the known offenders, works on campus, in public at the Prep School. When will this end?

  • SNAPJudy

    Thanks to brave victims for their steadfast persistence and not giving up
    to have St. John’s Abbey release the names of these accused predators, children
    will be safer today. We can be sure these church officials did not willingly
    volunteer the release of these names of accused predators without lots of
    pressure from outside forces.

    So let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by
    Michael Bik, Andre Bennett, Robert Blumeyer, Cosmas Dahlheimer, Richard Eckroth,
    Thomas Gillespie, Francis Hoefgen, Othmar Hohmann, Dominic Keller, John Kelly,
    Brennan Maiers, Finian McDonald, Dunstan Moorse, James Phillips, Francisco
    Schulte, Allen Tarlton, Pirmin Wendt, and/or Bruce Wollmering, will find the
    courage and strength to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter when
    it happened.

    Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing,
    exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511,
    snapjudy@gmail.comSurvivors Network of those Abuse by Priests