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IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Joel Hennessy, Director of Mission Advancement



jhennessy@dow.org office 507.858.1249 cell 507.254.3948

A Statement from Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona WINONA, MN December 10, 2013 The Diocese of Winona will fully cooperate with the Order issued by the Ramsey County Court on December 3, 2013, compelling disclosure of the names of thirteen (13) priests of the Diocese of Winona who were identified, in connection with a blind study conducted by the John Jay College in 2002, as having credible accusations of sexual abuse of a minor made against them. The Diocese of Winona will provide the following information with respect to each priest: name, date of birth, year of ordination, whether the priest is alive or deceased, all parishes where the priest served within the Diocese of Winona, current ministerial status, and most current address known by the Diocese of Winona. These disclosures will be made on December 16, 2013. The Diocese of Winona is committed to the protection of children and the safe environment of our parishes, schools and greater communities. We encourage anyone, or any organization, with information regarding the abuse or exploitation of children or young people to immediately report that information to law enforcement. The Diocese of Winona has fully adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (the Charter), as promulgated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Diocese of Winona works vigorously, and has taken extraordinary measures, to ensure that all of the schools and parishes in the Diocese adhere to the Charter, which sets forth obligations to conduct background searches on all employees and volunteers, to provide training to all employees and volunteers with respect to identifying warning signs of sexual abuse of children, and to immediately report instances of sexual abuse. We are committed to the protection and safety of all those entrusted to our care.
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