Richfield priest on leave from ministry

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released the following statement May 19:

Father Gerald Dvorak

Father Gerald Dvorak

“The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has received a credible allegation that the Rev. Gerald Dvorak, pastor of St. Peter in Richfield, sexually abused a minor in the 1970s.  A ‘credible allegation’ is one that is ‘not manifestly false or frivolous.’ It is not a presumption of guilt. Law enforcement has been notified and, per our protocol, Rev. Dvorak is on a leave of absence and will not exercise priestly ministry during the investigation. We are in the process of notifying the previous parishes where he was assigned. Rev. Dvorak has never had any other allegation against him during his ministry.”

Father Dvorak was assigned to St. Peter in July 2011. Prior assignments include canonical Administrator, Blessed Trinity Catholic School, Richfield, July 2011 to July 2014; pastor, St. Joseph, Hopkins, September 2002 to July 2011; pastor, St. Michael, St. Paul, June 1989 to September 2002; parochial administrator, St. Andrew, St. Paul, January 1989 to June 1989; parochial administrator, Holy Cross, Minneapolis, October 1987 to June 1989; spiritual director, Legion of Mary, St, Paul Comitium, North Minneapolis Curia, March 1987 to June 1989; parochial administrator, St. Cyril, Minneapolis, June 1986 to March 1987; assistant priest, Holy Cross, Minneapolis, June 1984 to June1989; assistant priest, Cathedral of Saint Paul, June 1979 to June 1984; teaching parish seminarian, St. Matthew, St. Paul, 1978 to 1979.

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