Assignment Record Rev. Reginald M. Krakovsky, T.O.R.

Summary of Case: A Third Order Regular Franciscan ordained in 1952, Reginald Krakovsky worked in parishes in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and West Virginia. He was assigned to several high schools, including a preparatory seminary, and he was a seminary novice master and procurator for missions in Paraguay. Krakovsky also did a short stint as an English instructor in Slovakia. He died July 14, 1997. Krakovsky was accused in a 1995 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy at a parish in the St. Cloud, Minnesota diocese in the early 1960s. His accuser said he knew of other former classmates who remembered being abused by the priest. Krakovsky's name was included on the St. Cloud diocese's list released in January 2014 of 33 credibly accused clerics.

 

Ordained: July 9, 1952
Died: July 14, 1997

 

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Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1952 1953         Krakovsky is not indexed in the 1953 Directory. Per his obituary, ordination was July 9, 1952.

1953

Baker bishop was Francis Peter Leipzig (1950-1971).

1954 St. Alphonsus Dufur OR 2/3  

1953

1954 St. Mary's; Sacred Heart; St. Mary's; St. Mary's Antelope; Maupin; Grass Valley; Wasco OR   These were missions of St. Alphonsus in Dufur.

1954

Altoona-Johnstown bishop was Richard Thomas Guilfoyle (1936-1957).

1956 Franciscan Preparatory Seminary Hollidaysburg PA  

Franciscan Preparatory Seminary had 54 students.

The 1956 Directory indexes Krakovsky as at this assignment, but does not list him as there in the Altoona-Johnstown pages.

1956 1957         Krakovsky is not indexed in the 1957 Directory.

1957

Harrisburg bishop was George Leo Leech (1935-1971).

1958 St. Joseph's York PA 3/3 St. Joseph's had a school with 556 students, and a Vacation School with 53 students.

1958

New Ulm bishop was Alphonse James Schladweiler (1957-1975).

1959 St. Genevieve's Lake Benton MN 1/1  

1959

Altoona-Johnstown bishop was Howard Joseph Carroll (1957-1960), followed by Joseph Carroll McCormick (1960-1966).

1961 St. Bernardine Monastery Hollidaysburg PA Novice Master The 1961 Directory indexes but does not list Krakovsky as at St. Bernardine Monastery in the Altoona-Johnstown pages.
1961 1962 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Altoona PA 4/4 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had a school with 310 students, and a Vacation School with 118 students.
1961 1962 Our Lady of the Assumption Pleasant Valley PA   This was a mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Altoona.

1962

St. Cloud bishop was Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968).

1965 Holy Family

Belle Prairie

Krakovsky was accused in a 1995 lawsuit by a man who said the priest sexually abused him as a boy at Holy Family in the early 1960s. He also said he found former classmates who remembered abuse by Krakovsky; the man's attorney indicated there were at least four other former parishioners alleging abuse by Krakovsky.

MN 1/1 Administrator The 1964-1965 Directories index Krakovsky as at Holy Family, but they do not list his as there in the St. Cloud pages.

1965

Altoona-Johnstown diocese

1966   Hollidaysburg PA   Krakovsky is indexed in the 1966 Directory as at Box 237, Hollidaysburg. His name is not listed in the Altoona-Johnstown pages.

1966

Bartholome was succeeded as St. Cloud bishop by George Henry Speltz (1968-1987).

1971 St. Louis Monastery St. Cloud MN Prior 1969-1971  
    Cathedral High School St. Cloud MN   This assignment is per news reports.
    Missions   Paraguay, South America procurator This assignment is per Krakovsky's obituary.

1971

Altoona-Johnstown bishop was James John Hogan (1966-1986).

1978 St. Anthony's Windber PA 1/2 St. Anthony's had a Vacation School with 140-260 students.

1978

St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop was John Robert Roach (1975-1995).

1986 St. Peter's Delano MN 1/1 St. Peter's had a school with 136-86 students.
1986 1990 St. Patrick's Inver Grove Heights MN 3/4, 4/5  

Sept. 1991

Wheeling-Charleston bishop was Bernard William Schmitt (1989-2004).

Spring 1992 Our Lady of Grace Romney WV   This assignment found on Our Lady of Grace's website.
1993   Jon Voyotosek Seminary Spissa Kapitala Slovakia English instructor This assignment is per Krakovsky's obituary.

1990

Altoona-Johnstown bishop was Joseph Victor Adamec (1987-2011).

1997 St. Bernardine Monastery Hollidaysburg PA  

Krakovsky died July 14, 1997.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1954-1998)

Archdiocese Says It's Immune from Suit, By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), January 13, 1995
Alleging Sexual Abuse, Twin Cities Man Sues Priest, St. Cloud Diocese, By Paul Gustafson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), January 21, 1995
The Rev. Father Reginald M. Krakovsky, 73, Died Monday, July 14 ,at Bon Secours Holy Family Hospital, Altoona, archives.timesleader.com, July 22, 1997
Press Release from +donald J. Kettler Bishop of Saint Cloud, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud via WJON, January 3, 2014
The Diocese of St Cloud Release Their List of 33 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant, Legal Examiner, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Reveals Names of Priests Accused of Abusing Children, By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, January 3, 2014
Our Lady of Grace Romney WV , website accessed July 26, 2015

 

 



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This assignment record was last updated on July 26, 2015.


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