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Coyle on list of credibly accused priests

Diocese releases document naming accused perpetrators

A former priest who was living in the Marian Home in Fort Dodge late last year is among the clergymen on a list of those considered to be credibly accused of sexual abuse that was released recently by the Diocese of Sioux City.

Jerome P. Coyle now lives in a specialized care facility in Missouri, according to information provided by the diocese. He served a Pocahontas County parish in the early 1970s.

Also on the list is the late Rev. Louis H. Greving, who was the director of the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend from 1956 to 1987.

The list contains the names of 27 priests or former priests, 24 of whom served in Fort Dodge or surrounding communities.

Several of them are now dead. In many cases, they served in the Fort Dodge area for just a few years of their career.

The incidents of which they are considered credibly accused date back as far as the 1950s.

Coyle was living in the Marian Home, 2400 Sixth Ave. N. in the fall of 2018. That care facility is across the street from the St. Edmond Catholic Schools campus.

He is the subject of 13 allegations, all of which involved boys, according to the diocese. In 1986, he was told by church leaders that he could no longer function as a priest.

Coyle had been living in New Mexico. He moved into the Marian Home after suffering injuries in a vehicle accident in New Mexico.

Bishop R. Walker Nickless said last year that Coyle would not be staying in the Marian Home permanently.

Coyle had served as pastor of St. Margaret Parish in Rolfe from 1970 to 1972.

Other priests with area connections on the list are:

• The late Rev. Elmore E. Apt, assistant pastor at St Michael Parish in Whittemore (1953 to 1954), pastor of Christ the King Church in Dayton (1967 to 1968).

• The late Rev. Alver W. Behrens, as assistant pastor at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge from 1945 to 1949.

• The late Rev. Richard W. Birdsall, assistant pastor at Assumption Parish in Emmetsburg and on the faculty of Emmetsburg Catholic High School from 1967 to 1969.

• The late Rev. Paul J. Bruening, assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Fort Dodge and on the faculty of St. Edmond High School from 1960 to 1961.

• Rev. John F. Cain, assistant pastor at Corpus Christi Church (1956 to 1963) and pastor of St. John Church, Gilmore City (1963 to 1969)

• The late Rev. Linus J. Eisenbacher, chaplain of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge (1938 to 1944), administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Lehigh (1938 to 1944), pastor of St. Mary Church in Pomeroy (1959 to 1961)

• The late Rev. Clarence E. Farrelly, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Laurens (1931 to 1944), pastor of St. Thomas Church in Emmetsburg (1944 to 1979)

• The late Rev. Victor E. Kollasch, pastor of St Martin Parish in Odebolt (1975 to 1981)

• The late Rev. Bruce A. Lefebvre, assistant pastor of Assumption Church in Emmetsburg (1983 to 1984), pastor of St. John Church in Gilmore City (1991 to 1996), pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in West Bend (1996 to 1999) and pastor of St. Mary Church in Mallard (1999 to 2002).

• The late Rev. Jan Lisowski, administrator of Christ the King Church in Dayton (1970 to 1973)

• The late Rev. Bernard J. Montag, pastor of St. Mary Church in Mallard (1961 to 1980)

• The late Rev. Thomas J. Munn, temporary assistant at St Joseph Parish in Duncombe (1957).

• The late Rev. Peter B. Murphy, assistant pastor of Assumption Parish in Emmetsburg and on the faculty of Emmetsburg Catholic High School (1955 to 1956), assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Fort Dodge (1956 to 1960).

• Ronald J. Reicks, on the faculty of Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona (1968 to 1971), assistant pastor of Resurrection Parish in Pocahontas (1977 to 1979), left the priesthood in 1996.

• The late Rev. Ralph W. Reinhart, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Sac City (1975 to 1986)

• The late Rev. Nicholas J. Ruba, pastor of Christ the King Church in Dayton (1958 to 1961)

• The late Rev. Laurence F. Schoeppner. chaplain of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge (1926)

• The late Rev. Donald J. Slaven, administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Ruthven (1997 to 1998)

• Verne P. Stapenhorst, assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Fort Dodge and on the faculty of St. Edmond High School (1961 to 1964). removed from the priesthood in 2011

• The late Rev. Joseph E. Tolan, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Sac City (1948 to 1963), pastor of St. Mary Parish in Humboldt (1963 to 1974), and pastor of St. Mary Parish in Lake City (1974).

• The late Rev. Donald W. Wingert, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Pomeroy and on the faculty of Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Fonda (1975 to 1977).

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