Rev. Michael J. Stevens

Summary of Case: Stevens pleaded guilty in 1987 to sexual misconduct with a minor. He resided at a St. Paul, MN parish from 1988-2002 and worked on the archdiocese's computer services team. He was removed from ministry in June 2002, after the U.S. Bishops drafted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Ordained
: 1980
Incardinated: St. Paul and Minneapolis

   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1980

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

1982 St. Michael's Prior Lake MN 2/2 St. Michael's had a school with 365-357 students.
1982 1988 Church of the Epiphany

Coon Rapids

Stevens pleaded guilty in 1987 to "sexual misconduct" with a minor.

MN 2/2 Epiphany had a school with 726-818 students.
1988   St. Mark's St. Paul MN In residence.  

1988

Roach was succeeded by Harry Joseph Flynn (1995-2008)

2002 St. Adalbert St. Paul MN

2/2, 2/3, 3/4, 4/4, 3/3

In residence.

St. Adalbert's had a religious education program with 85-40 students.

In May 2002 Archbishop Flynn acknowledged that Stevens was one of at least three known clergy child sex offenders still working in the archdiocese. He said that Stevens was on the archdiocese's computer services team. He was removed from ministry in June 2002, after the U.S. Bishops drafted their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Stevens is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.

Stevens was believed to be living in St. Paul in December 2013.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1981-2002)

Church Not Ignoring Abuse, Flynn Tells Local Catholics, By Stephen Scott, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, May 24, 2002
Accused Minnesota Priests Still Working, By Rick Linsk and Charles Laszewski, Pioneer Press, May 26, 2002
Special Reports: Catholic Bishops and Sex Abuse, Dallas Morning News, June 12, 2002
Twin Cities: Catholics Take First Steps to Implement Abuse Policy, By Stephen Scott, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, June 22, 2002
Pioneer Press 11.03.93; St Paul & Minneapolis List of Credibly Accused Priests, released Dec. 5, 2013



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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 9, 2013


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