Fr. J. Vincent Fitzgerald

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux Falls SD

Died 9/07/09. Claims in 2010 suit of abuse at Tekakwitha Indian Mission, Sisseton SD. A man and woman alleged sexual abuse as children late ’60s. Worked in Duluth diocese off and on 1957-83; also Crookston and New Ulm. Suits filed 11/19/13 and 2/14. One accuser known in Crookston. Named on 12/31/13 Duluth list. Included on New Ulm list released by Attorney Jeff Anderson 8/04/14. Names from 1/14 deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, former New Ulm official. Judge ordered Crookston diocese 8/15 to turn over to “John Doe 19” all records of sexual abuse by priests prior to 1985. Doe 19 claimed sexual abuse as boy by Fitzgerald mid-1980s in Naytahwaush MN, on White Earth Indian Reservation. In 11/14 jury awarded $8.1M to man alleging abuse as boy 1978 in Duluth diocese; he had met Fitzgerald in New Ulm diocese. Name released 3/16 by New Ulm. At least 17 accusers; may be dozens, per attorney. Settlement with Doe 19 in 4/16. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese’s list updated 4/1/19.

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