Media Advisory: Survivors, Attorneys to Release 14 Diocese of Winona Priest Files Tomorrow

Survivors, Attorneys to Release Secret Files of 14 Offending Priests in the Diocese of Winona

Perpetrators worked at 45 parishes in 44 cities in Southern Minnesota

(Saint Paul, MN) – At a news conference tomorrow in Rochester, sexual abuse survivors, attorney Jeff Anderson and a former priest and advocate Patrick J. Wall, will release the files of 14 priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Winona.

The files were obtained as part of the Doe 1 v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona civil lawsuit filed in Ramsey County last year. The lawsuit was made possible due to the Child Victims Act passed by the Minnesota legislature which allows sexual abuse survivors abused in the past to file claims against their abusers and the institutions that protected the abusers. The Child Victims Act also eliminated the civil statute of limitations moving forward.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:00 AM CDT

Doubletree Hotel – Downtown Rochester
150 S. Broadway – University Hall
Rochester, MN 55904

Notes:  All 14 priest files, timelines, and key documents will be available tomorrow morning on our website at