On April 15, 2016, Fr. Richard Gross was named in a lawsuit filed by sexual abuse survivor Doe 62. Fr. Gross sexually abused Doe 62 in the mid-1960s at St. Mary’s parish in New Ulm. Doe 62’s lawsuit was brought under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, a law passed in 2013 allowing survivors of child sexual abuse to file cases against their perpetrators and any institution that may have covered up the abuse.
Fr. Richard Gross was ordained in 1962 in the Diocese of New Ulm and worked in parishes in New Ulm, Taunton, Rosen, Hutchinson and Watkins during his clerical career.
According to the Diocese of New Ulm, Fr. Richard Gross worked at the following locations:
1962: Associate, St. James, Nassau
1962-1967: Associate, St. Mary, New Ulm, with teaching duties at Cathedral High School, New Ulm
1967-1970: Pastor of Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Taunton
1970-1972: Co-rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm
1972: Graduate studies
1972-1980: Pastor, St. Joseph, Rosen and St. James, Nassau
1980-1987: Co-pastor, St. Mary, New Ulm
1987: Parish ministry in Alaska
1987-1995: Co-pastor of St. Anastasia, Hutchinson
1987-1990: Administrator, St. Boniface, Stewart
1991-1995: Sacramental minister, St. Boniface, Stewart
1995-2001: Pastor, St. Anthony, Watkins
2001: Served in mission in Barrow, Alaska & mission parishes on the Yukon at Holy Cross and Galena Church. Summer pastor at St. John Neumann Church, Cooper Landing.
Fr. Gross retired from assigned ministry in 2001.
(Source: https://protectandheal-dnu.org/pledge-to-heal/disclosures/fr-richard-gross/ and http://www.tricountynews.mn/opinion/guest-columnists/44072-between-them,-a-century-of-service)