Father Francis Hoefgen


Reverend Francis Hoefgen, OSB was born in Menominee, Michigan, on August 29, 1950. Father Hoefgen entered Saint John’s and professed vows July 11, 1973. After studying theology at Saint John’s University, Hoefgen was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 22, 1979.

Father Hoefgen served as an associate pastor at Saint Boniface in Cold Spring, Minnesota, under the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Reverend Hoefgan admitted sexually abusing at least one minor in 1984. Saint John’s sent Father Hoefgen to Saint Luke Institute. After his visit to St. Luke’s, Father Hoefgen was returned to ministry.

Father Hoefgen was transferred to Guardian Angels and Saint Boniface in Hastings, Minnesota. While in Hastings under the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Archdiocese consolidated the two parishes making the new Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Father Hoefgen was removed from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in 1992 when civil actions were filed alleging sexual abuse of minors. Father Hoefgen returned to campus and was porter and guest house master. In 2002, Father Hoefgen was placed on the list of credibly accused Saint John’s monks and later in the year wrote a letter of apology. Hoefgen left Collegeville and the Saint John’s community in 2011.