Assignment Record – Rev. Rudolph Henrich

Summary of Case: The St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese knew in at least 1991 of allegations of abuse by Henrich against "several" people, as stated in a 2011 letter to an accuser from the archdiocesan Delegate for Safe Environment. Henrich died in July 1992.

: 1933
Retired: 1976
Died: July 23, 1992


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Paul archbishop was John Gregory Murray (1931-1956)

1937 St. James' St. Paul MN 3/3, 2/3 St. James' had a school with 311-420 students.
1937 1938 Most Holy Trinity Winstead MN 2/2 Most Holy Trinity had an elementary school with 270 students, and a high school with 57 students.
1938   St. Mark's Shakopee MN associate priest This assignment is per the archdiocese, Dec. 2013.
1938 1942 State Training School Red Wing MN chaplain This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Red Wing, which had a school with 163 students. Henrich is not listed in the diocesan pages of the Directory as at St. Joseph's.
1942 1946 U.S. Navy     chaplain  
1946 1952 State School for Boys Red Wing MN chaplain  
1952 1954 U.S. Navy     chaplain  


Murray was succeeded by William Otterwell Brady (1956-1961)

1957 St. Boniface's Stewart (New Ulm) MN 1/1

St. Boniface's had a school with 106-117 students.


Leo Binz replaced Murray (1961-1975). The archdiocese's name was changed to St. Paul and Minneapolis on July 11, 1966.

1976 St. Margaret Mary's

Golden Valley

In October 2013 a man stated publicly that he told the archdiocese in a 2010 letter that Heinrich had sexually abused him as a boy in the 1950s and 1960s; he said he didn't receive a response for more than nine months. In his Aug. 2011 response, Archdiocesan Delegate for Safe Environment, Rev. Kevin M. McDonough, wrote to this accuser that Henrich sexually abused at least "several" people at St. Margaret Mary's, and that it was he who the responsibility in 1991 of responding to the abuse committed by Henrich.

MN 1/1, 1/2, 1/3

St. Margaret Mary's had a school with 703-300 students.



John Robert Roach followed Binz as archbishop (1975-1995).

1992 Retired

Golden Valley/Minneapolis



The Directories show Henrich's address in retirement as that of St. Margaret Mary's parish through 1991. The 1992 Directory lists him as at 817 Main St. E., N.E., Minneapolis, which a 2013 google search reveals is a Catholic ElderCare Facility.

Henrich died July 23, 1992.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1934-1993)

Letter from Fr. McDonough to Henrich Accuser, Aug. 29, 2011
Plymouth Man Claims to Be Sexually Abused by Priest, By Blake McCoy, KARE, October 7, 2013
Victims Release Undisclosed Letter from Church Official, Minnesota SNAP, October 7, 2013
Plymouth Man Says He Was Sexually Abused by Golden Valley Priest, By Stefanie Briggs, The Patch, October 7, 2013
Plymouth Man Says Former St. Paul Priest Sexually Abused Him, By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, Oct. 8, 2013
Mother Alleges Wider Church Coverup of Clergy Sexual Misconduct, By Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, October 8, 2013
St. Paul & Minneapolis List of Credibly Accused Priests, released Dec. 5, 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 8, 2013