Fr. Michael Joseph Charland

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Allegation to archdiocese in 2002 that Charland sexually assaulted a boy, age 17, during confession while on retreat at a St. Paul parish in 1981. Charland was then St. Thomas College’s campus ministry director. Order released name 7/15 among seven credibly accused priests as part of a 2/15 settlement. Left the order in 1984, married. Laicized 1989. In 7/15 he was working as a therapist at a Woodbury MN counseling center. No longer listed on center’s site 9/15; professional license revoked. Files released by order to man’s attorney 2015; 1970s letter says “sexual misconduct with underage boys.” On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese’s list updated 4/1/19. It notes 1970s abuse, reported in 2018. (It erroneously shows that Charland died in 2004; it was accused priest Peter Charland who died in 2004).


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