Yesterday, the Diocese of Winona released a new list of 2 more priests accused of sexually abusing minors. These names add to the 14 previous names that were disclosed in December of 2013. This disclosure is a result of the October 2014 settlement agreement in the civil lawsuit Doe 1 v. Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona. The settlement agreement contained a multi-step child protection plan which included the ongoing, public release of individual names of clerics with substantiated claims of the sexual abuse of minors. Until now these names have been hidden. The Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona, did release a statement with the list.
Fr. Harold B. Mountain has been accused of child sexual abuse. Fr. Mountain was ordained on May 30, 1942 and served in the following parishes over the course of his 47 years with the Diocese of Winona.
June 9, 1943 – Mater Dolorosa, Madelia, MN
June, 1943- September, 1947 – Saint Thomas Pro Cathedral , Winona, MN
June, 1943- September, 1947 – Precious Blood, LaMoille, MN and Saints Peter and Paul, Hart, MN
1946-1947 – Spiritual Director for the Newman Center in Winona, MN
September 1, 1947 – Saint Bernard, Stewartville, MN and Sacred Heart, Hayfield, MN
June 18, 1948 – Saint Bernard, Stewartville, MN and Sacred Heart, Hayfield, MN
June 15, 1950 – Diocesan Director of Blessed Sacrament
January 30, 1952 – Christ the King, Medford, MN and Corpus Christi, Deerfield, MN
August 5, 1968 – Saint Casimir, Wells, MN
July 14, 1977 – Immaculate Conception, Saint Clair, MN
May 30, 1989 – Retired
November 12, 2006 – Died
Fr. Thomas E. Duane has been accused of child sexual abuse. Fr. Duane was ordained on June 5, 1938 and served in the following parishes over the course of his 41 years with the Diocese of Winona.
August 22, 1938 – Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Charles, MN
November 14, 1945 –Saint Bernard, Stewartville, MN and Sacred Heart, Hayfield, MN
June 3, 1947 – Saint Ignatius, Spring Valley, MN and Saint Patrick, LeRoy, MN
June 30, 1954 – Saint John the Baptist, Caledonia, MN and Loretto High School, Caledonia, MN
August 22, 1961 – Saint Gabriel, Fulda, MN
August 11, 1966 – Leave of Absence for Medical Reasons
August 12, 1966 – Resigned as pastor for Saint Gabriel, Fulda, MN
September 1, 1966 – Chaplain for Mother Frances Rest Home, Mankato, MN
March 1, 1967 – Saint Patrick, LeRoy, MN
March 3, 1969 – Saint Patrick, LeRoy, MN
March 1971 – Requested leave of absence until June 15, 1971
July 11, 1974 – Saint John, Dodge Center, MN and Saint Olaf, Kasson, MN
June 11, 1976 – Saint Francis de Sales, Claremont, MN
May 18, 1979 – Retired
April 28, 1993 – Died
The Diocese did also add to each ” Because (they) died prior to the accusation of abuse was made to the Diocese of Winona, (they) was never able to confirm or deny the allegation.” But the linked files and the naming by the Church seems to weight against there being a problem with any disclosure. In response SNAP challenge every priest in the Winona diocese to mention the names at masses this weekend and beg anyone who has been hurt by the clerics to come forward and get help.
More names are now disclosed, there are more lists that exist in Minnesota, and there are many more names to find.Abuse of children and the continued silence by the offenders needs to be prevented. If you suffered, saw, or suspected such events, it is important to know that there is help out there.