Assignment Record – Rev. Michael G. Kolar

Summary of Case: Kolar was accused of sexually abusing three young women while he was director of the St. Paul Youth Center in St. Paul in the 1970s and 1980s. One of his victims was 15 years-old when he started grooming her. Kolar admitted to having a problem with vulnerable young women, and that he was a sexual abuser. He was laicized in 1992.

Ordained
: 1969
Incardinated: St. Paul-Minneapolis

     

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1969
St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975)
1971 St. Raphael's Crystal City MN 3/3

St. Raphael's had a school with 685-657 students.

In the 1971 Directory Kolar is indexed as as at St. Raphael's, but is not listed there in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocesan pages.

1971

Binz was succeeded by John Robert Roach (1975-1995)

1988 Catholic Youth Center

St. Paul

A woman filed suit in 1990 accusing Kolar of initiating unwanted sexual contact with her in 1984 during a religious retreat. She was receiving counseling from Kolar. Kolar denied the allegation. Archdiocesan officials learned of this allegation in 1986, said they took remedial remedies, but allowed Kolar to stay at the youth center.

Kolar was accused in a 1990 lawsuit of having sexually abused a young woman in 1973. The woman was staying at the youth center while receiving psychiatric care for depression. Kolar admitted to the allegation, but said the sexual contact was consensual. The allegation was reported to the archdiocese in 1988, and Kolar was removed from his post at the youth center.

A third woman sued in 1991, accusing Kolar of sexually abusing her over an 11 year period, beginning in 1972 when she was a 15 year-old high school student. She met Kolar at the youth center. In a deposition Kolar testified that he learned in treatment that he had a problem with vulnerable young women, and he admitted to being an abuser.

MN Assistant Director 1971-1973; Director 1973-1988  
1988 1989         Kolar is not indexed in the 1989 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous or next assignments.
1989 1990 Special Assignment/Chancery Pro-tem St. Paul-Minneapolis MN    
1990 1991 On Duty Outside the Archdiocese/Latin American Apostolate Guyana Venezuela   Kolar is not indexed beyond the 1991 Directory. In 1992 he was in the process of being laicized.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-1991)

Two Women File Sexual Abuse Lawsuits against Priest, United Press International, May 17, 1990
Woman Alleges Priest Abused Her, United ress International, September 19, 1990
Woman Awarded $ 10,000 in Sex Assault by Priest, St. Petersburg Times, September 26, 1992
ABC & XYZ, Wife and Husband, Appellants, v. The archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, et al., Respondents, Father Michael G. Kolar, Respondent, March 22, 1994, Findacase.com.


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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 22, 2012