Paul Kabat, OMI
Father Kabat was born on January 16, 2932, and ordained on September 8, 1958. Father Kabat was a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (“Oblates”). He worked at parishes and assignments in Minnesota and Illinois. His Minnesota assignments included parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Duluth and the Diocese of Crookston.
Father Kabat is included on official lists of clergy members who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse, including lists made public by the Oblates and the Diocese of Duluth in 2015.
According to the Diocese of Duluth and our research, Father Kabat served in the following parishes and assignments:
• 1958 Ordained
• 1959-60 Pastoral House, St. Paul, MN
• 1960-64 Shrine/Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL
• 1964-66 St. Casimir’s Parish, St. Paul, MN
• 1966-67 St. Michael’s Parish, Northome, MN and St. Catherine’s Parish, Squaw Lake, MN
• 1967-68 St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, International Falls, MN
• 1972 Sacred Heart, Wilton, MN
• 1973-75 Sacred Heart, Wilton, MN and Newman Center chaplain, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN
• 1976 Bemidji State College (chaplain) and St. Philip’s Parish, Bemidji, MN
• 1978-79 Bemidji State College (chaplain)
• 1999 Deceased
Efforts to unseal the secret documents regarding clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Duluth and the Diocese of Crookston began with the first lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act in May and June of 2013. Since then, survivors have taken numerous actions to make the files public.
In October 2015, a jury verdict was handed down against the Diocese of Duluth in a child sexual abuse case in Ramsey County involving Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald. On December 7, 2015, the Diocese of Duluth filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier in 2015.
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