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Father J. Vincent Fitzgerald Subject of $8.1 Million Verdict was All Over Minnesota

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The perp at the heart of the recent verdict in St Paul against the Dioceses of Duluth was J. Vincent Fitzgerald had the following assignments:


12/8/19–Date of Birth
1941-43–College, St. Henry’s College, Belleville, IL
1943-44–Novitiate, St. Peter’s Novitiate, Mission, TX
1944–Major Seminary, San Antonio, TX
1951–St.Joseph’s Novitiate, Godfrey, IL; Assistant Chaplain, Alton State Hospital
1953–Treasurer & Assistant Director, Kings House of Retreats, Buffalo, MN
10/31/57–Pastor, St. Michael’s, Northome, MN;Effie Mission, Bigfork,MN
1961–Our Lady of Snows and Effie Mission,Bigfork, MN
1961–Director, Building of Kings House of Retreats, Henry, IL
8/9/63–Pastor, Holy Cross Church, Orr, MN
1964–Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Nett Lake, MN
1966–Tekakwitha Children’s Home, Sisseton, SD
8/1/68–Pastor, St. Michael’s Church,Northome, MN; Pastor and Indian Mission of Squaw Lake , MN
1969–St. Michael’s Community, St. Louis, MO
11/1/69–Pastor, St. Catherine’s Parish, Squaw Lake, MN with ministry for all Indians in the area, including Cass Lake
5/1/73 –Pastor, St. Catherine’s Parish, Squaw Lake, MN with ministry for all Indians in the area,
including Cass Lake; Pastor, St. Michael’s in Northome, MN, and mission in Pennington.
10/14/73–Pastor, St. Catherine’s Parish, Squaw Lake, MN; Pastor, St.Michael’s in Northome, MN; Pastor, Kelliher, MN
During his time in Squaw Lake, MN, Fitzgerald was sent to participate in a program run by Father Francis Garvey at the Willmar State Hospital in Willmar,Minnesota. While participating in the program, Fitzgerald worked at St. Thomas More Parish in Lake Lillian,MN in the Diocese of New Ulm.

12/11/79–Associate Pastor, Squaw Lake and Pennington, MN; Alcoholic Center, Kateri Catholic Mission, Squaw Lake, MN; Motor Chapel Ministry; Catechism Station at North Elementary

1/1/83–Pastor, St. Anne’s, Naytahwaush, MN and Elbow Lake, MN
8/10/86 – Sabbatical, Franciscan Renewal Program, Santa Barbara, CA
1/1/87–Pastor, St. William’s Parish, Gainesville, MO
5/4/89–Faculties, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL
1988–St. Henry’s Oblate Residence, Belleville, IL
1991–St. Patrick Parish, Calipatria, CA
1992–St. Henry’s, Belleville, IL
9/27/09–Died at Dammert Nursing Home, Belleville, IL
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