Assignment Record – Rev. Clarence J. Vavra
June 9, 1965
St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975).
|June 16, 1969||St. Rose of Lima||
|MN||3/3||St Rose of Lima had a school with 850-639 students.|
|June 16, 1969||Oct. 1, 1970||St. Philip's (Polish)||Minneapolis||MN||2/2||St. Philip's had a school with 154 students.|
|1970||1971||St. Peter's||North St. Paul||MN||3/3||St. Peter's had a school with 459 students.|
|Oct. 4, 1971||July 2, 1972||Guardian Angels||Hastings||MN||2/2|
|July 2, 1972||June 19, 1973||Sick Leave|
|June 19, 1973||June 17, 1975||St. Matthew's (German)||St. Paul||MN||2/2||St. Matthew's had a school with 525-542 people.|
Rapid City bishop was Harold Joseph Dimmerling (1969-1987).
|June 1976||On Duty Outside the archdiocese/Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation Jesuit Mission||
• In a 1995 psychological evaluation, Vavra admitted to sexually abusing several young boys, ages 9-7, and a teenage boy while at the Mission.
Vavra is indexed as on duty outside the archdiocese in the 1976 Directory, but his name is not listed in the "on duty outside" section of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocesan pages.
Per news reports in 2013, Vavra served during this time on the Rosebud Sioux tribe's reservation, at a Jesuit mission.
Binz was succeeded St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop by John Robert Roach (1975-1995).
|1977||Holy Spirit||St. Paul||MN||2/2||Holy Spirit had a school with 461 students.|
|June 15, 1977||June 14, 1978||Sacred Heart||Rush City||MN||1/1|
|June 15, 1977||June 14, 1978||St. Gregory's||North Branch||MN||administrator||This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Rush City.|
|July 4, 1978||State Training School||Red Wing||MN||chaplain||This assignment is per news reports. Vavra was initially appointed full-time chaplain at this juvenile correctional facility, but went to part-time after two weeks.|
|July 1978||Jan. 15, 1979||St. Joseph's||Red Wing||MN||in residence||This assignment is per news reports.|
|Jan. 15, 1979||Dec. 1, 1979||St. Wenceslaus'||New Prague||MN||2/2||St. Wenceslaus' had a school with 385 students.|
|Dec. 1, 1979||June 16, 1981||St. Jerome's||Maplewood||MN||2/2||St. Jerome's had a school with 200 students.|
|June 16, 1981||June 18, 1986||Holy Redeemer||Maplewood||MN||1/1|
|1986||1987||Special Assignment||Vavra is indexed in the 1987 Directory as on "special assignment", but his name is not listed in the "special assignment" section of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocesan pages. Per news reports, he was "unassigned" June 18, 1986-March 11, 1987.|
|March 11, 1987||July 1, 1987||St. Genevieve's||Centerville||MN||temporary administrator||This assignment is per news reports.|
|March 11, 1987||Nov. 11, 1992||St. Nicholas||New Market||MN||1/1|
Nov. 11, 1992
Harry Joseph Flynn was St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop 1995-2008).
|Aug. 9, 1996||St. Philip (Polish)||Minneapolis||MN||1/1||Although he admitted in 1995 that he had sexually abused boys in 1975, Vavra was not removed from ministry.|
|1996||1997||Vavra is not indexed in the 1997 or 1998 Directories. Per news reports, he went on "sabbatical" in 1996 and received inpatient psychological treatment.|
|Jan. 6, 1997||July 30, 1997||Nativity of Mary||Cleveland||MN||associate priest||This assignment is per news reports.|
|July 30, 1997||May 17, 2003||Most Holy Redeemer||Montgomery||MN||associate priest||This assignment is per news reports.|
|1997||May 17, 2003||St. Patrick's (Irish-Czech)||Shieldsville||MN||1/2||
St. Patrick's had a religious education program with 108-76 students.
Vavra is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory. Per news reports, Vavra agreed to retire in exchange for an extra $650 per month payment from the archdiocese.
May 17, 2003
John Clayton Nienstedt replaced Flynn
In November 2013, Vavra was living in a New Prague, MN, residential neighborhood, a block from a school.
Also in November 2013, Rosebud Indian Reservation law enforcement officials opened an investigation into the allegations of abuse of children by Vavra.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-2004)
• Abusive priest hid in plain sight for years, retired quietly to New Prague, by Madeleine Baran,