Two Local Diocese of Winona Parishes Sued Following Claims of Sexual Abuse

By Kelsey Barchenger
April 18, 2016

Two local Diocese of Winona parishes are being sued following claims of sexual abuse involving church ministry.

A letter to Sacred Heart Church members in Waseca was sent out last week, informing members of alleged sexual abuse involving two minors sometime between 1958 and 1961 by Sister Benen Kent. Kent died in 2003.

A second lawsuit has been brought against the church for alleged abuse by Fr. Joseph Mountain from 1988 to 1995. Mountain is no longer serving in any parish in the Diocese.

The Loyola Catholic School has also been named in a suit, however the Diocese says the claims don't involve anyone who currently works at the school or ministry.

The deadline to make an abuse claim under the Minnesota Child Victims Act is May 25.








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