Statement Regarding Father Joseph Gallatin

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis today announced that Fr. Joseph Gallatin has agreed to take a leave of absence from active ministry. Fr. Gallatin’s clergy file recently was reviewed as a part of the comprehensive file review by an outside professional firm that currently is reviewing files of all clergy in active ministry.

This review has identified a single incident of inappropriate conduct with a minor many years ago involving a boundary violation. The outside professional review team has concluded that the incident did not involve a crime. However, to ensure all appropriate steps have been taken, the archdiocese also recently informed law enforcement about the incident.

Fr. Gallatin has been serving as a pastor at the Church of St. Peter in Mendota since July 2008. While on his leave of absence, Fr. Gallatin will remain pastor but will not be performing any public ministry until a final review is complete.

The archdiocese asks for prayers for all affected by this decision.

CONTACT
Jim Accurso
Media and Public Relations Manager
T: 651-291-4480
M: 651-261-6070
accursoj@archspm.org

One Response to “Statement Regarding Father Joseph Gallatin”

  1. […] We assume you may have questions and mixed emotions regarding Father Gallatin’s announcement at the December 28/29 Masses that he was taking a leave of absence from active ministry while an outside professional firm hired by the Archdiocese reviews his clergy file. For those of you who may have missed his announcement, a statement issued by the Archdiocese is available on our parish website: http://www.stpetersmendota.org/archives/4451. […]

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