St. John's Abbey releases list of 18 accused monks - KMSP-TV

St. John's Abbey releases list of 18 accused monks

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COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

St. John's Abbey on Monday voluntarily released a list of 18 current and former monks "who likely have offended against minors." The abbey said most of the names have previously been made public, but the list underscores a commitment to transparency.

ST. JOHN'S LIST

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 Morse

James Phillips

Francisco Schilte

Allen Tarlton

Pirmin Wendt**

Bruce Wollmering**

*No longer a St. John's monk
**Deceased

"This list reflects our best efforts to identify those who likely have offended against minors," said abbey spokesman Brother Aelred Senna. "That task often is complicated by the passage of time, the deaths of some of those involved and sometimes incomplete accounts of the past. Even so, 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."

"The release of this list is a big step forward," said St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson. "It's the right thing to do and it's never too late to do the right thing. We are glad St. John's released the list so that communities are safer. This disclosure helps us, and the survivors, come together because we all want the same thing: for kids to be protected and the truth to be known. This action is a step in that direction."

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