Ambrose R. Filbin: Substantiated Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Ambrose R. Filbin



Father Ambrose Filbin was ordained in 1939 and subsequently worked in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of New Ulm in Minnesota before he retired in 1982 and subsequently died in 1990.

Father Filbin’s name was released by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis on October 23, 2014 as having credible allegations of committing acts of sexual abuse. Subsequently, Father Filbin’s priest file maintained by the Archdiocese was released to the public on November 5, 2014 by Jeff Anderson and Associates.

Father Filbin’s name appears on an August 2002 memo to then Archbishop Flynn regarding priests with known abuse histories, but his name was omitted from the Archdiocesan list released in December 2013 for no known reason.

In 2013, two women came forward with separate allegations that Father Filbin abused them when they attended St. Pius X parish school in White Bear Lake, Minnesota in the 1960’s. The second woman stated that she contacted the Archdiocese in the 1990’s and reported the abuse to Father Kevin McDonough, but nothing ever became of the report.

According to the Official Catholic Directory and Archdiocesan official, Father Filbin to the following parishes:

  • 1939-1940: Associate Priest, St. Joseph, Red Wing, MN
  • 1940-1942: Associate Priest, St. Helena, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1942-1945: Chaplain, U.S. Armed Forces
  • 1945-1947: St. Helena, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1947-1948: Administrator, St. Dominic, Northfield, MN
  • 1948-1949: Pastor, St. Genevieve, Lake Benton, MN (Diocese of New Ulm)
  • 1949-1954: Pastor, St. Peter, Eden Valley, MN
  • 1954-1971: Pastor, St. Pius X, White Bear Lake, MN
  • 1971-1975: Pastor, St. Ignatius, Annandale, MN
  • 1975-1982: Pastor, St. Bridget of Sweden, Lindstrom, MN
  • 1982-1990: Retired due to health concerns. Lived in residence at Leo C. Byrne
  • 1990: Dead

Residence, St. Paul, MN

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