Statement Regarding Louis Heitzer File Release

By Anne Steffens
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
September 16, 2014

From Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Documents from the priest file of Louis Heitzer given to the court earlier this year were released today by Jeff Anderson and Associates. This release is in the interest of public disclosure and accountability.

The archdiocese received reports of sexual abuse of minors by Heitzer prior to Heitzerís death in 1969. Between 1991 and 2004 the archdiocese received additional reports of Heitzerís sexual abuse of minors decades earlier.

The archdioceseís goal is to help victims/survivors of minor clergy abuse and their families heal. The archdiocese recognizes that the healing process is unique for each person and family. The archdiocese, however, has come to understand that for many people it is important to know that abuse will not happen again. Verbal assurance will not suffice; concrete action is necessary. The archdiocese will continue to develop concrete steps such as new procedures to address reports of abuse. Another such step is public disclosure of the identity and assignment history of the clergy member against whom accusations of sexual abuse of a minor have been substantiated. Heitzerís assignment history was first released by the archdiocese in December of last year and is now updated with additional assignment information for 1967 up to his death in 1969.

Louis Heitzer

Date of birth: 7/15/1914, deceased

Date of ordination: 1942

Date the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis posted this clericís name on a list of those with claims of substantiated abuse against them: December 5, 2013

Clericís prior assignments:

Associate priest, Most Holy Trinity, Winsted (now part of New Ulm Diocese), 1942-1944;

Associate priest, St. Andrew, Fairfax (now part of New Ulm Diocese), 1944;

Associate pastor, Assumption, St. Paul, 1944-1945;

Associate priest, Holy Redeemer, Marshall (now part of New Ulm Diocese), 1945;

Associate priest, St. Mary, Sleepy Eye (now part of New Ulm Diocese), 1945-1948;

Associate priest, St. Joseph, Waconia, 1948;

Associate priest, St. Aloysius, Olivia (now part of New Ulm Diocese), 1948-1950;

Administrator, Sacred Heart, Franklin (now part of New Ulm Diocese), 1950-1954;

Pastor, St. Joseph, Rosen (now part of New Ulm Diocese), 1954-1955;

Pastor, St. Michael, Gaylord (now part of New Ulm Diocese), 1955-1956;

Pastor, St. Luke, Clearwater, 1956-1958;

Pastor, St. Scholastica, Heidelberg, 1958-1966;

Associate priest, St. Richard, Richfield, 1966-1967;

Assistant pastor, St. Peter, Forest Lake, 1967;

Sacramental service and supply ministry, clergy retreat house, Nevis (Crookston Diocese), 1968;

Chaplain, rest home, Ivanhoe (New Ulm Diocese), 1969

Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Date permanently removed from ministry: 1969

Current location: Deceased

Current status: Died in 1969








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