Archdiocese discloses five additional names

| May 22, 2014

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released the names and assignment histories of three priests and two religious brothers against whom claims of sexual abuse of a minor within the archdiocese have been found to be substantiated.

The men who were named May 22 are:

• Stephen Baker, a religious brother with the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. He served at St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights from 1977 to 1981. He died in 2013.

• Edmund Frost, a religious brother with the Dominican order. He served at St. Albert the Great in Minneapolis from 1964 to 1975. He died “sometime before 2006,” the archdiocese said.

• Robert Ruglovsky, ordained in the Byzantine rite, was assigned by the Eparchy of Parma to St. John the Baptist in Minneapolis, a Byzantine rite parish within the geographical boundaries of the archdiocese. He pled guilty to six counts of criminal sexual conduct in Hennepin County District Court in 1987 and was sentenced to one year in the workhouse and 15 years probation. He died in 2006.

• Justin Weger, a Crosier priest. He was in residence at St. Stephen in Minneapolis from 1970 to 1971; in residence at St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake in 1971; in Native American ministry within the archdiocese, 1972; and in residence at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, 1972. He died in 2005.

• Francis Zachman, a priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He served as pastor at Assumption in Richfield, 1973 to 1981; administrator at St. Albert in Albertville, 1981; in residence at St. George in Long Lake, 1981; and associate pastor at St. Casimir in St. Paul, 1982. He died in 1983.

Additional information about each of the men can be found by going to http://www.archspm.org and clicking on “Clergy Abuse Disclosures.”

In all cases, the abuse occurred more than 25 years ago, the archdiocese said in a statement. While religious brothers are not ordained clergy, the archdiocese said it included their names because they had an official parish assignment within this archdiocese.

The archdiocese made the disclosures as part of the review of clergy personnel files conducted by Kinsale Management Consulting at the request of the archdiocese. Beginning in December 2013, Kinsale reviewed the personnel files of all men in ministry as clergy in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis at any point from 1970 to the present, whether or not they remained in public ministry.

Kinsale reviewed a total of 3,333 clergy files before completing their work in April, the archdiocese said. The purpose of the review was to determine whether there were additional cases of sexual abuse or other misconduct that required investigation by law enforcement, public disclosure or other action by the archdiocese.

The archdiocese said it shared information discovered through the Kinsale file review with law enforcement and that it would “continue to make prudent and ongoing disclosures” if additional information is found.

“We pledge to continue to cooperate with civil authorities and we urge any victims of abuse who have not yet come forward to please contact civil authorities to make a report,” it said.

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