Former religious order priest charged for alleged abuse

| May 22, 2014

Former Benedictine priest Francis Hoefgen was charged May 21 with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly abusing a minor boy 25 years ago in Hastings.

Court documents said the reported abuse occurred from the spring of 1989 to the fall of 1991, according to a statement from Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“I am deeply saddened and angered whenever I hear about the crime of a priest abusing a child,” Bishop Cozzens said. “I hope the victim will find help and healing, and justice will be served in our court system.”

Hoefgen is a former Benedictine religious order priest from St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville who was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Hastings from 1985 until 1992, when he left parish ministry. St. John’s Abbey permanently removed him from ministry in 2002. He left the priesthood when he was laicized in December 2011.

In accord with its policies, the archdiocese disclosed Hoefgen’s name and ministry assignments on its website in 2013.

The archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to contact law enforcement.

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