Assignment Record – Rev. Francis J. Reynolds

Summary of Case: Reynolds was accused in a 1991 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a girl from about 1972-1984, while he was pastor of a Buffalo, Minnesota parish. The girl was a parishioner and attended the parish school. He was permanently removed from ministry in 1987 and died in 1988.

: 1955
Incardinated: St. Paul
Retired: 1986
Died: Feb. 13, 1988


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Paul archbishop was John Gregory Murray (1931-1956), followed by William Otterwell Brady (1956-1961).

1957 Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary St. Paul MN 2/2 Maternity of the BVM had a school with 504-600 students.


Brady was succeeded by Leo Binz (1961-1975)

The St. Paul archdiocese was named the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1966.

1964 St. Patrick's St. Paul MN 2/2 St. Patrick's had a school with 803-643 students.
1964 1966 Visitation Minneapolis MN 2/2 Visitation had a school with 609-539 students.
1966 1968 St. Margaret Mary's Golden Valley MN 2/3 St. Margaret Mary's had a school with 656-637 students.


Binz was succeeded by John Robert Roach (1975-1995)

1985 St. Francis Xavier's


Reynolds was accused in a 1991 lawsuit of having sexually abused a girl from about 1972-1984. The girl was a St. Francis parishioner and student.

MN 1/1 St Francis Xavier's had a school with 190-126 students.
1985 1986 Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bohemian) Minneapolis MN 1/1  
1986 1988 Retired Minneapolis MN  

Reynolds lived at 5526 Oliver Ave., S. Minneapolis, MN from 1986-1987, then at 4300 W. River Pkwy., no 431, Minneapolis, MN.

Per the archdiocese, he was permanently removed from ministry in 1987.

Reynolds died Feb. 13, 1988


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-1989)

Archdiocese Targeted in Lawsuits Alleging Sexual Abuse by 2 Priests, St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 06, 1991
Pioneer Press 11.03.93; St Paul & Minneapolis List of Credibly Accused Priests, released Dec. 5, 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on December  9, 2013.