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Rush Lake Catholic Church to hold meeting after former priest added to list of possible abusers

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Bishop Donald Kettler. (Submitted Photo)

The Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud will hold a meeting regarding a former priest in Rush Lake who also served as a chaplain at the Perham hospital.

Bishop Donald Kettler will hold a listening session at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, at St. Lawrence Church in Rush Lake after the recent placement of Father Charles Meyer on the list of clergy likely to have abused minors. The listing follows notification by the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., that Meyer was added to its list of “extern clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.”

Meyer, who was a member of the Society of the Precious Blood, was ordained in 1931, in Ohio. In the Diocese of Saint Cloud, he served as chaplain of Memorial Hospital in Perham from 1966-70 and pastor of St. Lawrence in Rush Lake from 1966-85. He died in 1997.

The session has three primary goals: to assure parishioners of the bishop’s support and assistance; to offer a process whereby sexual misconduct issues and concerns can be voiced and discussed; and to allow other potential victims the opportunity to come forward and receive assistance and healing.

The full list of clergy names can be viewed at stcdio.org/list-clergy-likely-abused-minors . Kettler continues to encourage all victims of abuse to come forward. Contact information for victim advocates and county officials to whom abuse can be reported is available online at stcdio.org/about/safe-environment/how-to-report-abuse .

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The bishop asks all Catholics in the diocese to pray for healing for all victims and survivors of sexual abuse. The listening session is not open to the media.

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