Deacon removed from ministry pending reopened investigation

| July 2, 2014

Deacon Joseph Damiani has been temporarily removed from ministry while an investigation is reopened regarding a previous allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, as requested by the Clergy Review Board.

According to a June 22 statement from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Deacon Damiani has consistently denied the accusation, which alleges abuse to have occurred more than 40 years ago, decades before he was ordained. The accusation was brought to local law enforcement, and no criminal charges were filed.

Deacon Damiani has served as deacon at Annunciation in Minneapolis and on staff at Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis in the Office of Indian Affairs since 2009.

As part of the archdiocese’s ongoing review of clergy files, the board requested the investigation be reopened in order to make sure key facts are clarified and Deacon Damiani’s suitability for ministry established.

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