Assignment History– Rev. Patrick A. Sullivan

Summary of Case: Ordained for the Crookston diocese in 1982, "Fr. Pat" Sullivan worked in parishes East Grand Forks, Nebish, Bemidji, Wilton, Warroad, Falun, Red Lake, Bagley, Dilworth and Hawley. He also served as a campus minister and on the diocesan Priests Council and the Priests Retirement Board. On April 29, 2016, the diocese was informed that Sullivan was accused of having sexually abused a 15-year-old boy in Red Lake in 2008. Sullivan was placed on Administrative Leave pending an investigation. He denied the accusation.

: 1982


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Diocese of Crookston

Bishop was Victor Herma Balke (1976-2007).

1984 Sacred Heart East Grand Forks MN 2/2

Sacred Heart had a grade school with 265-240 students, and a high school with 170-161 students.


1984 1987 St. John's Nebish MN 1/1 Sullivan lived at the Newman Center in Bemidji.
1984 1990 State University in Bemidji Bemidji MN Campus Minister Sullivan lived at the Newman Center in Bemidji.
1987 1990 Sacred Heart Wilton MN 1/1 Sullivan lived at the Newman Center in Bemidji.
1990 1997 St. Mary's Warroad MN 1/1  
1990 1997 St. Philip's Falun MN   This was a mission of St. Mary's in Warroad.


Balke was succeeded as Crookston bishop by Michael Joseph Hoeppner (2007-).

2009 St. Mary's Mission Church

Red Lake

Sullivan was accused in April 2016 of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy, who was a St. Mary's Mission parishioner, in 2008. Sullivan denied the accusation.

MN 1/2, 1/1

St. Mary's Mission had a school with 88-54 students.





Sacred Heart Wilton MN   This was a mission of St. Mary's Mission in Red Lake.
1997 2007 St. John's Nebish MN   This was a mission of St. Mary's Mission in Red Lake.
2003 2004 St. Joseph's Bagley MN   This was a mission of St. Mary's Mission in Red Lake.
2001 2006 Priests Council Crookston MN member  
2005 2010 Priests Retirement Board of Trustees Crookston MN member  
2009 2016 St. Elizabeth's Dilworth MN 1/1 St. Elizabeth's had a religious education program with 200-183 students.
2009 April 29 2016 St. Andrew's Hawley MN   St. Andrew's was a mission of St. Elizabeth's in Dilworth. It had a religious education program with 111-134 students.
April 29 2016   Administrative Leave       Sullivan was placed on leave after the diocese was notified April 29, 2016 that he was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in 2008.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1983-2014).

Clay County Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Teen on Red Lake Reservation, InForum, May 2, 2016
Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Made against Clay County Priest, By Don Haney, KFGO, May 2, 2016
Dilworth, Hawley Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct, KVRR, May 2, 2016
Clay County Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Teen on Red Lake Reservation, WDAY, May 2, 2016
Crookston Diocese: Priest placed on leave after abuse allegations surface, By Jess Bengtson, Crookston Times, May 3, 2016

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This assignment record collates Sullivan's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with the allegations against him, as reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegations we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.

This assignment record was last updated on May 5, 2016.


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