Diocese of Winona Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The Diocese of Winona filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 2018. It is the only Diocese in Minnesota that has not yet resolved claims filed against it by numerous sexual abuse survivors under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, and the only Minnesota diocese still in bankruptcy. Please visit our Chapter 11 bankruptcy FAQ page for more details about this process.

On February 9, 2021, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota, the Diocese of Winona filed a reorganization plan incorporating a $28 million settlement in principle between sexual abuse survivors, the Diocese, and some of the major insurance carriers in the case. The settlement is comprised of approximately $21.5 million from the Diocese and an additional $6.5 million funded by insurance. One of the largest insurers in the case, US Fire, did not reach a settlement and is not included in the plan.

Diocese of Winona Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct

The list below contain the names of clergy who were assigned within or working in the Minnesota Diocese of Winona who have been accused of sexual misconduct. While lawsuits were filed involving many of these alleged perpetrators, the vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil or criminal court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law.

All individuals should be considered innocent until proven guilty. In some situations, the statute of limitations has expired preventing cases from being heard in a court of law. The information contained herein is an attempt to compile information already available to the public including information obtained from the media, www.bishopaccountability.org, the Diocese’s public statements, lists and reports that were released to the public, and other sources that have attempted to chronicle this information for public use.