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Two deceased priests added to list of accused Winona Diocese clerics

WINONA — The Diocese of Winona on Friday morning publicly released and added the names of two more priests to their list of accused clerics: Father Harold Mountain and Father Thomas Duane.

Neither name had been released to the public before Friday's announcement. Both are dead.

Bishop John Quinn, in a statement, acknowledges that "these accusations have been deemed to be not manifestly false or frivolous."

According to documents provided Jeff Anderson and Associates, a law firm that represents several people sexually abused by clerics in the diocese, the accusations against Mountain and Duane came following their deaths.

Mountain served the southeastern Minnesota parishes of Stewartville, Hayfield, Winona, Minnieska and Minnesota City.


The accusation came to light in 2011, but the year it occurred is redacted from church documents. The victim believes he was in second or third grade. He was sent to Mountain's office for discipline, the report says, but Mountain began to talk about sex, then pulled down the boy's pants and touched his genitals.

The accuser refers to the incident as "his altar boy tryout that he failed," because he didn't respond sexually.

Because Mountain died before the accusation of abuse was made to the Diocese of Winona, he was never able to confirm or deny the allegation.

Duane served in parishes in St. Charles, Stewartville, Hayfield, Spring Valley, LeRoy, Caledonia, Dodge Center, Kasson and Claremont.

His accuser came forward in 2002, and claims she knows of at least two other women Duane molested as adolescents, the diocese's documentation shows.

Duane, too, died before the Diocese of Winona says it became aware of the accusation of abuse.

There are now 17 clerics accused of sexual abuse who worked in the Winona Diocese.

Friday's disclosure is a result of the October 2014 settlement agreement in the civil lawsuit Doe 1 v. Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.


The agreement contained a multi-step child protection plan which included the ongoing, public release of individual names of clerics with substantiated claims of the sexual abuse of minors.

"Today's release is a step forward in transparency and making our communities safer," said Jeff Anderson, who represents several sexual abuse survivors abused by clerics who worked in the Diocese of Winona.

Quinn's statement goes on to say that the information was recently obtained by the Diocese of Winona and a complete and comprehensive review has been conducted by the Diocese of Winona of all priest files in its possession.

"The Diocese of Winona is committed to transparency and ensuring that crimes against children do not go undisclosed or unreported," it continues.

"The Diocese of Winona has implemented one of the most thorough background search and safety training protocol in the nation to ensure those entrusted in our care are safe. Our prayers remain with those who have been victimized by members of the clergy and we stand committed to providing support and healing to those who have been tragically abused by clergy."

Harold B. Mountainis accused of child sexual abuse. He was ordained May 30, 1942 and served in the following parishes over the course of his 47 years with the Diocese of Winona:

June 9, 1943 - Mater Dolorosa, Madelia


June 1943-September 1947 - Saint Thomas Pro Cathedral , Winona

June 1943-September 1947 - Precious Blood, LaMoille and Saints Peter and Paul, in Hart

1946-1947 - Spiritual Director for the Newman Center in Winona

Sept. 1, 1947 - Saint Bernard, Stewartville and Sacred Heart, Hayfield

June 18, 1948 - Saint Bernard, Stewartville and Sacred Heart, Hayfield

June 15, 1950 - Diocesan Director of Blessed Sacrament

Jan. 30, 1952 - Christ the King, Medford and Corpus Christi, Deerfield

Aug. 5, 1968 - Saint Casimir, Wells


July 14, 1977 - Immaculate Conception, Saint Clair

May 30, 1989 - Retired

Nov. 12, 2006 - Died

Thomas E. Duaneis also accused of child sexual abuse. He was ordained June 5, 1938, and served in the following parishes over the course of his 41 years with the Diocese of Winona:

Aug. 22, 1938 - Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Charles

Nov. 14, 1945 –Saint Bernard, Stewartville, MN and Sacred Heart, Hayfield

June 3, 1947 - Saint Ignatius, Spring Valley, MN and Saint Patrick, LeRoy

June 30, 1954 - Saint John the Baptist, Caledonia, MN and Loretto High School, Caledonia


Aug. 22, 1961 - Saint Gabriel, Fulda

Aug. 11, 1966 - Leave of absence for medical reasons (alcohol treatment)

Aug. 12, 1966 – Resigned as pastor for Saint Gabriel, Fulda

Sept. 1, 1966 - Chaplain for Mother Frances Rest Home, Mankato

March 1, 1967 - Saint Patrick, LeRoy

March 3, 1969 - Saint Patrick, LeRoy

March 1971 – Requested leave of absence until June 15, 1971 (alcohol)

July 11, 1974 - Saint John, Dodge Center, MN and Saint Olaf, Kasson


June 11, 1976 - Saint Francis de Sales, Claremont

May 18, 1979 – Retired

April 28, 1993 - Died

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