Former Area Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse 15 Aug 17

(KWLM/New Ulm MN-) A priest who served at several area churches has been accused of sexual abuse.

In a letter sent to parishioners by Bishop John Levoir of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, Levoir says they have received notice of an allegation of sexual abuse against Father James Devorak when he was assigned at St. Pius X parish in Glencoe in the 1990s.

Devorak, who retired two years ago, was senior associate at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar and assisted at Our Lady of the Lakes at Spicer, St. Thomas Moore in Lake Lillian and St. Patricks in Kandiyohi in 2013 and 2014.

During his 43-year career, Devorak also worked at churches in Clara City, Montevideo, Granite Falls, Hutchinson, Stewart and many more.

He was also an associate at St. Mary’s in Willmar in 1975 and 76.

Looking at Devorak’s resume provided by Bishop Levoir, it appears Devorak was moved to a different church in the New Ulm Diocese every two or three years.

Bishop Levoir says anyone who has suffered sexual abuse by a priest or anyone else involved in church ministry, regardless of when it happened, should contact local law enforcement.

They can also contact the diocesan victim assistance coordinator or The Bishop’s Delegate in Matters Pertaining to Sexual Misconduct at 507-233-5313.

Levoir also asks for prayers for those affected as the investigation moves forward.  

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Father James Devorak will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened. Help expose the truth and therefore protect kids today.

    Judy Jones, 636-433-2511. SNAPjudy@gmail.com

    SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)