Diocese identifies priest who was accused of sexual abuse worked in St. Peter

By Nancy Madsen
St. Peter Herald
March 29, 2016

The Diocese of New Ulm and a St. Paul law firm identified one priest who served in St. Peter among 16 who were credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor while they were assigned as priests.

Father Harry Majerus, who was pastor of Church of the Immaculate Conception in St. Peter, had a credible accusation during his time with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which was reported in the media in 2014. There are no credible accusations against him during his time in the Diocese of New Ulm, including while at the St. Peter church, a March 29 news release from the diocese and Jeff Anderson and Associates said.

Majerus was the last pastor of Church of the Immaculate Conception, as it merged with the Church of St. Peter in 1991. Majerus, who was ordained in 1942 and worked in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of New Ulm until 1987, died in 1995.

“It is important that we recognize the credible accusations made against these men and acknowledge the terrible harm done by abuse in Church ministry,” said Bishop John LeVoir of the diocese in the news release. “On behalf of the Church, I apologize for the grave offenses committed against the vulnerable by those who were ordained to serve our communities. We are grateful to the survivors who have come forward already and encourage those who have not yet come forward to do so.”

The disclosure of the 16 names, four of whom face accusations outside the time at the diocese, came from discussions between the diocese and law firm that began months ago.

“The Diocese of New Ulm is demonstrating a willingness to be transparent about clergy who have abused children,” said Jeff Anderson. “This agreement to release information is an important step in transparency and child protection and safety. We will continue to work together to put this commitment into action, and we encourage other possible survivors to step forward.”




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