Gerald (Jerry) K. Foley: Substantiated Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Gerald (Jerry) K. Foley

Father Gerald (Jerry) Foley, born January 15, 1932, was ordained a priest on June 3, 1961 and worked in parishes throughout the Diocese of Crookston and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis before being permanently removed from the priesthood in 2005 and laicized in 2006.

Sometime before 2005, Father Foley admitted to sexual misconduct in the 1970’s and early 1980’s with women in his pastoral care. By 2005, Vicar General Kevin McDonough of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis was aware of this information. Foley had been assisting with the Twin Cities branch of Retrouvaille, a Catholic group that holds weekend programs for married couples contemplating divorce, around the time of his dismissal in 2006.

Father Foley was named by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis on October 23, 2014 as a priest of another diocese who is alleged to have committed acts of sexual abuse of a minor outside of the Archdiocese.

1960-1976 Diocesan Catholic Social Service Association, Diocese of Crookston, MN

1961-1963 In residence, Newman Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1962-1974 Administrator, St. Dorothy, Dorothy, MN (Diocese of Crookston)

1974-1976 Pastor, St. Anne, Crookston, MN (Diocese of Crookston)

1976-1978 Executive Director, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, Des Moines, IA

1978-1983 Pastor, St. Francis de Sales, Moorhead, MN (Diocese of Crookston)

1978-1983 Pastor, St. Cecilia, Barnesville, MN (Diocese of Crookston)

1983 On leave of absence

1984-1992 Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital, St. Paul, MN

1987-1992 Chaplain, St. Paul Priory, St. Paul, MN

Early 1990’s – 2005 Catholic Engaged Encounter/Marriage Ministries task force

1988-2005 Retrouvaille Movement

1992-1993 No Assignment

1993-2005 Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Hospital/HealthEast, Inc., St. Paul, MN

? – ? United Theology Seminary, St. Paul, MN

2005 Faculties removed

2006 Laicized

Father Foley is currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.