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Diocese Releases Names of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse


Duluth, MN (KDAL) - The Diocese of Duluth has released a list of clergy members who’ve been accused of sexual abuse.  The list contains the names of 17 priests, most of whom are either dead or no longer active in the ministry.  The list also includes one account where the priest was not identified and a subsequent investigation didn’t produce any further information or corroboration.  Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba says the decision to release the names today was made to aid the healing process. He’s urging those victims who have not come forward to contact law enforcement and the diocese.  Any future names, Sirba adds, will be released.   

Below is the list of clergy members who have been accused of sexual abuse of youth while serving or residing in the Duluth Diocese

Rev. Kirby Blanchard

Rev. Louis Brouillard

Rev. Victor Chateauvert, MSF

Rev. Leonard Colston

Rev. Raymond Cossette

Rev. Frederick Fox

Rev. John Golobich

Rev. Ralph Goniea

Rev. Robert Klein

Rev. Mark Makowski

Rev. (Thomas) Gregory Manning

Rev. John Nicholson

Rev. Dennis Puhl

Rev. Thomas Stack

Rev Joseph Thibaudeau, OMI

Rev. Stephen Toporowitz

Rev. Angelo Zankl

Below is an addendum the diocese released with the names of clergy members are not from the Duluth Diocese but may've served or lived here.

Rev. J VIncent Fitzgerald, OMI

Rev. Othmar Hohmann, OSB

Rev. Richard Jeub

Rev. Brennen Maiers, OSB

Following this morning’s press conference—Verne Wagner of the survivor’s network of those abused by priests said he was glad that Bishop Sirba released the names.  He calls the move a first step noting that his hope is that the diocese will release the files and documents that tell where and when alleged abuse happened and what actions were taken—or not taken.  Wagner says for the church to move forward it’s important that all this information come out so we can learn from it and never repeat it.