Assignment Record – Rev. Kenneth G. LaVan
St. Paul archbishop was William Otterwell Brady (1956-1961), followed by Leo Binz (1961-1975).
• In the late 1980s a woman accused LaVan of sexually abusing her from around 1960-1965, when she was 12 to 17 years old.
|MN||3/3, 4/4||St. Michael's had a school with 528-547 students.|
|1964||1965||St. Anne's||Minneapolis||MN||2/4||St. Anne's had a school with 676 students.|
|1965||1970||St. Raphael's||Crystal Village||MN||2/3||St. Raphael's had a school with 1,010 - 685 students.|
Binz was succeeded by John Robert Roach (1975-1995).
|1983||Guardian Angels||Oakdale/Lake Elmo||MN||2/2 Administrator, 1/1|
|1983||1985||St. Francis of Assisi||Lake St. Croix Beach||MN||1/1|
|1985||1986||St. Thomas Aquinas||St. Paul Park||MN||In residence.||This assignment is per news sources. LaVan is not indexed in the 1986 Directory.|
|1986||1987||St. Richard's||Richfield||MN||1/1||St. Richard's had a school with 150 students.|
|MN||2/2||In a 2005 memo to Archbishop Flynn, archdiocesan Vicar General, Rev. Kevin McDonough wrote, "It embarrasses me to acknowledge once again a lapse of memory on my own part. Although I had dealt with LaVan for many years about his boundary violations with adult females, I had forgotten that there were two allegations in the late 1980s concerning sexual involvement with teen-aged girls."|
|1988||1989||Special Assignment/Chancery Pro Tem||St. Paul||MN|
|1989||1990||LaVan is not indexed in the 1990 Directory.|
Harry Joseph Flynn followed Roach as archbishop (1995-2008).
|1998||St. Joseph's||Lino Lakes||MN||2/2||St. Joseph's had a C.C.D. program with 950-1390 students.|
|1998||1999||LaVan is not indexed in the 1999 Directory.|
|1999||2000||Retired||Lino Lakes||MN||LaVan's address was that of St. Joseph's in Lino Lakes.|
John Clayton Nienstedt succeeded Flynn (2008-).
|2013||Retired||Oakdale||MN||LaVan was quietly removed from all active ministry November 30, 2013. The archdiocese did not include LaVan on a list of "credibly accused" priests released December 5, 2013. He was included on a list released February 17, 2014 of priests with "substantiated" claims of sexual abuse against minors.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1959-2012)
• Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis Assignment Record for Kenneth LaVan, February 16, 2014.
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