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Parish Staff | Presentation of Mary - Catholic Church in Maplewood, MN
Father Mark Huberty
Father Mark Huberty began serving as Pastor at Presentation in July of 2007.
Previously, he was Pastor at St. Timothy in Maple Lake, MN for six years, and Parochial Vicar at St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony, MN for five years.
A graduate of St. Thomas Academy, he began studying business administration at Washington University in St. Louis, but after discovering his vocation to the priesthood, he transferred to the University of St. Thomas, where he completed a B.A. in Philosophy while enrolled in the St. John Vianney Seminary.
After four more years of formation at the St. Paul Seminary he received a Master of Divinity and a M.A. in Theology and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1996.
He currently serves as a Teaching Parish Supervisor for the St. Paul Seminary and a Mentor for Newly Ordained Priests.
He is also an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys golf, running, cooking, and classical music.
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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and ...
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced today that an accusation has recently been made against Fr. Mark Huberty by a woman alleging inappropriate touching.
Fr. Huberty denies the allegations.
Huberty is a priest of the archdiocese and pastor of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood, Minnesota.
The allegation has been reported to the police, and the police and the Archdiocese have opened an investigation, which is ongoing.
The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with all civil authorities.
As a result, Fr. Huberty
is taking a temporary leave of absence until the matter is resolved.
He is not being removed as pastor or being suspended; however, he will not be living at the Presentation rectory or exercising parish ministry during this time.
will remain on leave for as long as is necessary to investigate the situation thoroughly and with justice to all involved.
Church of the Presentation of the ...
Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. The pastor, Fr. Mark Huberty, is being investigated for
Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.
The pastor, Fr. Mark Huberty, is being investigated for alleged criminal sexual conduct with a woman. (Photo by Emily Gurnon)
Maplewood priest Mark Huberty acquitted of sexual misconduct with woman
Huberty could not be reached for comment, but his lawyer, Paul Engh, said the priest "is disappointed to have been charged, but is looking forward to the trial."
While meeting regularly with the woman to discuss issues raised in her
catechism classes, Huberty
to be his
friend, according to the criminal complaint.
They had met in 2008, when the woman came to him for spiritual counsel after the death of a family member.
He agreed to be her "spiritual adviser" at the time, the complaint said.
"explained that a rule of their friendship was that any touching would be above the waist and over clothing," and he
began to regularly visit her
home, the complaint said.
began fondling her
buttocks and breasts while hugging her
, the complaint said.
The behavior progressed to Huberty
taking off his
pants and asking the woman to stroke his
genitals, charges said.
That happened once in Duluth and three times at the woman's home, the complaint said.
"When the victim questioned the appropriateness of this activity, (Huberty) assured her
that it was only a venial, not a mortal sin, so it was OK," the complaint said.
told the woman that the touching-only rule would not apply while on vacation.
They scheduled a trip together to a religious choral performance in Kansas City on April 12, but Huberty
canceled six days before.
allegedly advised the woman there was no reason to tell her
husband about their sexual activity.
to think about how it would negatively would affect (him) if she
reported him to authorities," the complaint said.
The woman brought her
allegations to the Maplewood police May 1.
was charged by summons; he
is not in custody.
The priest went on leave and was removed from the church rectory in September during the investigation.
In a statement Sept. 22 on its website, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
took leave because he
had been accused by a woman of "inappropriate touching.
"The archdiocese fully cooperated with all civil authorities in conducting their investigation, and Fr. Huberty
was placed on leave from active ministry on Sept. 19," Accurso said.
"As a result of today's developments, Fr. Huberty submitted his resignation as pastor of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood.
will remain on leave (from any priestly duties) until the investigation is concluded."
Until his leave, Huberty also served as a teaching parish supervisor for the St. Paul Seminary and a mentor for newly ordained priests.
Huberty served as Presentation's pastor beginning in 2007.
Before that, he served at St. Timothy in Maple Lake and St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony, according to Presentation's website.
faces a felony charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.
Hennepin County is handling his case because Huberty was in the same high school class as Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
Prosecutors waited to charge Huberty
until a Minnesota Supreme Court decision involving another priest.
The Rev. Christopher Wenthe was convicted in 2011 of felony criminal sexual conduct for having sex with a 21-year-old penitent at Nativity of Our Lord parish in St. Paul while she was "seeking or receiving religious or spiritual advice, aid or comfort in private."
In a statement Tuesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Huberty's alleged conduct "is simply not proper conduct for a member of the clergy."
Father Mark Huberty, a ...
Father Mark Huberty, a former pastor of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood, was removed from ministry Oct. 20, according to a statement from Archbishop Bernard Hebda, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
In 2013, the priest was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with an adult woman.
A Ramsey County jury acquitted him of the charges in December 2014.
The archdiocese's Office of Ministerial Standards investigated further, and the Ministerial Review Board "found that there was sufficient evidence to suggest [Father] Huberty
may have committed a serious offense under canon law," according to the statement.
The board recommended the case "be resolved through a canonical process so that the truth of the matter may be determined and an appropriate penalty, if any, may be imposed."
During the canonical process, Father Huberty
is prohibited from priestly ministry or presenting himself publicly as a priest.
"Removing a priest from ministry, even temporarily, is gravely serious to me and to the Church," Archbishop Hebda said.
"Imposition of these precautionary measures reflects the seriousness of this matter, but should not be viewed as a presumption of guilt. [Father] Huberty
is to be accorded the presumption of innocence during this time."
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The good Archbishop is a regular lawyer and a church lawyer, and the Archdiocese with the aforementioned resources versus Huberty
In civil court if Huberty
cannot afford an attorney, the court must appoint one, by law.
However, under church proceedings, if Huberty cannot afford a church attorney, he hasn't ANY LEGAL REPRESENTATION!
The Church with Her
cadre of attorneys civil & church law will steamroll him into the pavement.
Where's the Justice?