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Fr. Thomas Andert

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member Emeritus
    SJP Alumni/ae Association
  • OSB
  • Board Member
    Academic Advising for the University

Education

  • master's degree , education
64 Total References
Web References
St. John’s Abbey Suffers Relapse | BehindThePineCurtain.com
www.behindthepinecurtain.com, 4 Nov 2007 [cached]
In 1994 third-party concerns were expressed about the friendship of Father Tom Andert, OSB, with a student. The concerns led to an intensive internal investigation. As part of the investigation the student was invited to the Abbey and, in an interview with Abbot Timothy Kelly, OSB, he categorically denied that any sexual misconduct had occurred. The investigation revealed no credible charges of sexual abuse.
That is not at all the whole story that has occasioned abuse victims' uproar after the Abbot John Klassen appointed Andert as a representative on the External Review Board overseeing misbehavior of monks and also Prior of the Abbey, that is, second-in-command of the institution celebrating its 150th anniversary of founding this year.
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While I chaired ISTI a mother of two former Prep School students came to me with concerns over the behavior of Headmaster Fr. Thomas Andert. A Prep School student, Ned, was living with her family in St. Cloud for a semester of his senior year while his parents were located in another state.
The young man had made a suicidal gesture during his junior year as a boarder at St. John's and spent several days in St. Cloud hospital for observation and psychiatric therapy. It was during this time that Fr. Andert first paid more attention to him, than was appropriate according to Ned's recollection and his father's latter estimation. Only later was Ned able to talk about the incidents; the housemother remembered Ned saying that Andert told him, "your problem is you are gay, but can't accept it. Much later when Ned was able to tell his father about the whole relationship he quoted Andert, "When are you going to be ready to tell me you're gay?"
After his return to school the headmaster paid a great deal of attention to Ned for the rest of the semester. Andert took him to the Twin Cities and treated him to dinner and wine at an expensive restaurant (Ruth Chris) and cruised two gay bars with him. (According to one account given closer the time of the incident, his housemother recalled that Ned said they briefly entered one bar).
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Ned's parents were oblivious of any improper dimension to the relationship and were grateful to Andert for the attention he gave their son during his trying semester. In gratitude they invited Andert to take a trip with them. In one hotel the parents shared a room and their son shared a room with Andert down the hall. According to the father's account: about one or two o'clock in the morning Ned "was beating furiously on the door" and burst into their room. They, not knowing anything about any sexual tension or conflict, tried to convince the boy to return to his room with the priest. The father told me that the boy refused to go back to the room and "cried uncontrollably" in his arms for several hours; Ned spent the rest of the night with his parents. Ned admits to some kind of trigger-or "vibe," in Ned's terms-for his panic reaction. The day following this incident Andert, Ned, and his father went white water rafting. Ned's father was embarrassed by Ned's "rudeness" to Andert and took him aside and scolded him for his behavior, still completely oblivious to the sinister dimensions to the relationship with his son.
During the first semester of his senior year his housemother, also unaware of any trouble at school, noticed Ned became distraught and tense. She was supportive and listened to his concerns. With great difficulty, but over time Ned finally told her much of the story-the trips, the liquor, and intimate approaches. He complained to her that Andert was E-mailing him in spite of Ned's requests to stop.
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His response to me was glib, "Oh, he (Andert) may have a bit of a drinking problem. He did not take any of the report seriously, even that of a teacher giving alcohol to a minor.
Ned became more anxious during the second semester of his senior year and moved to his grandmother's home in the same area; his mother came from her home in another state to be with Ned to support him while he finished his final year at SJP. It is important to remember that all of these families were "Johnnies" of several generations standing and substantial supporters of St. John's.
But Ned was finally able to share his concerns with his parents. Once Ned's parents heard his story they went to see Abbot Timothy. Their experience is still fresh and distasteful. Whether from information at this interview or from other sources, Abbot Timothy agreed to remove Andert from the prep school. As he assured the parents, he "patted" Ned's mother on the head and said, "Don't worry, everything will be OK. She still shutters at the memory and finds the meeting "condescending. Ned and his parents felt intimidated and humiliated.
Abbot Kelly appointed Andert prefect in the freshman college dorm.
Ned's dad, an ardent long-time supporter of St. John's, was a class ahead of Andert when they were in Prep School. In hope's of smoothing the edges of the conflict of the demotion from headmaster, Ned's dad and mother invited Andert to supper at Pirate's Cove, an up scale restaurant in the area. Andert had a great deal to drink and told the parents that his new assignment was his "perfect dream job. And it was…"to be a prefect in a college dorm; have his (my) desk across from the door of the showers where he (I) could watch the young tight white asses of the boys going in and out.
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After Kelly's indifference, his transfer of Andert simply to an older group of potential victims plus the lack of any response to several reports from other parents and even monks who turned to me for the same assistance I felt tremendous pressure.
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The crisis of Andert and St. John's is an ongoing crisis of power and betrayal. It is a crisis of celibacy-advertised-but-not-lived. It is a crisis of men in positions of power that betray their responsibility to students and others and refuse to be accountable.
There was neither an intensive internal investigation conducted in Ned's case as Fr. Skudlarek claims-my records show a great deal of intimidation-nor was there an adequate investigation in several other cases I presented to Abbot Kelly; even those where, in the end, the Abbey admitted culpability and settled the complaints for substantial sums of money.
Father Thomas Andert's behavior is not a matter of hearsay.
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Abbot Kelly Covered Up Misconduct by Fr. Andert This entry was posted in Cosmas Dahlheimer, ISTI, John Eidenschink, Michael Blecker, Richard Sipe, Timothy Kelly, Tom Andert.
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Fr. Tom Andert's Love Letters
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Abbot Kelly Covered Up Misconduct by Fr. Andert
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Fr. Tom Andert's Love Letters
Tom AndertFiled ...
www.behindthepinecurtain.com, 31 Oct 2007 [cached]
Tom Andert
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Filed Under: Review Board, Opinion, John Klassen, behindthepinecurtain.com, Tom Andert
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Earlier this week, Abbot John Klassen wrote a letter concerning Father Tom Andert.The Abbot clarified the dates of Andert's tenure on the Review Board [ Click Here for Story ] but chose not to dispute the allegations of misconduct against Father Tom Andert.The Abbot's refusal to acknowledge the misconduct is curious - and dead wrong.It sends a strong message regarding the Abbot's attitude toward misconduct.
Father Tom Andert acted inappropriately with a Prep School student in the mid-1990's.Period.
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Nov 7, 2007 - Abbott Klassen responds to review board criticismFiled Under: Review Board, Jeff Anderson, William Skudlarek, Tom Andert, Timothy Kelly
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Filed Under: Review Board, John Klassen, Pat Marker, William Skudlarek, behindthepinecurtain.com, Tom Andert, Jim Phillips
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Filed Under: Review Board, A.W. Richard Sipe, John Klassen, Pat Marker, William Skudlarek, behindthepinecurtain.com, Kate Lally, Tom Andert, Lee Hanley
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Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul attorney, held a press conference last week, requesting that Fr. Tom Andert be removed from the external review board.
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Andert was appointed as prior of the Abbey in June.He chose not to comment on this story.
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Filed Under: Review Board, A.W. Richard Sipe, Celibacy, ISTI, John Klassen, Tom Andert, Timothy Kelly
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"In 1994 third-party concerns were expressed about the friendship of Father Tom Andert, OSB, with a student.The concerns led to an intensive internal investigation.As part of the investigation the student was invited to the Abbey and, in an interview with Abbot Timothy Kelly, OSB, he categorically denied that any sexual misconduct had occurred.The investigation revealed no credible charges of sexual abuse."
That is not at all the whole story that has occasioned abuse victims' uproar after the Abbot John Klassen appointed Andert as a representative on the External Review Board overseeing misbehavior of monks and also Prior of the Abbey, that is, second-in-command of the institution celebrating its 150th anniversary of founding this year.The Abbot and lawyers created the External Review Board in 2002 as a protective mechanism to assure adequate oversight of behavior.It was a condition to an agreement when a raft of abuse cases were settled.(more…)
Oct 29, 2007 - Information about Father Tom Andert
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Filed Under: Review Board, John Klassen, Tom Andert, Timothy Kelly
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* In 1981, Father Tom Andert is moved from the Prep School to Benilde-St.Margaret High School
* In 1988, Father Tom Andert returns to the Prep School as Headmaster
* In February of 1994, a Prep School student became distraught after receiving bad news from his family.
* In February of 1994, Father Tom Andert began grooming the student.
letter 5* Father Tom Andert, the Prep School's Headmaster, used his position to gain the student's trust.
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Oct 27, 2007 - Lawyer to Abbey: Follow Settlement (SC Times)Filed Under: Review Board, John Klassen, Jeff Anderson, Pat Marker, William Skudlarek, Tom Andert
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Filed Under: Tom Andert
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Filed Under: Review Board, John Klassen, William Skudlarek, Tom Andert
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The Abbey finally released a statement regarding Father Tom Andert, following this afternoon's press conference and the morning press release issued by SNAP.The Abbey's release is interesting not because of the information it contains, but for the issues it refused to address.(more…)
Oct 26, 2007 - A Statement from Saint John's AbbeyFiled Under: John Klassen, William Skudlarek, Tom Andert, Timothy Kelly
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Filed Under: Review Board, John Klassen, Tom Andert, Timothy Backous
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Filed Under: Review Board, John Klassen, Jeff Anderson, Pat Marker, Benilde, SNAP, Tom Andert
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Filed Under: Review Board, John Klassen, Kate Lally, Tom Andert, Gordon Tavis
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Filed Under: John Klassen, behindthepinecurtain.com, Tom Andert, Nathan Libaire, Jonathon Licari
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Filed Under: John Klassen, Tom Andert
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Based on information provided to this web site in 2002 and confirmed last week, Tom Andert should not have been considered a candidate for Prior - and certainly should not have accepted the position.(more…)
Oct 7, 2007 - SJP Armor of Light AwardsFiled Under: Tom Andert
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Thomas Andert, OSB ‘65
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Filed Under: Tom Andert
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Filed Under: Tom Andert, Br. Herard Jean-Noel
Brother Herard comes from the islands, a native of Anse-a-Foleur, Haiti.He made his profession as a Benedictine monk on 8 December 1993.(more…)
Jul 5, 2007 - Father Thomas Andert is St. John's New PriorFiled Under: John Klassen, Tom Andert
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Filed Under: John Klassen, Tom Andert
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Collegeville, MN - Abbot John Klassen, O.S.B., has appointed Fr. Thomas Andert, O.S.B., to be prior of Saint John's Abbey effective July 1, 2007.
Oct 29, 2007 - Information about ...
www.behindthepinecurtain.com, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
Oct 29, 2007 - Information about Father Tom Andert
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Filed Under: Review Board, John Klassen, Tom Andert, Timothy Kelly
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* In 1981, Father Tom Andert is moved from the Prep School to Benilde-St.Margaret High School
* In 1988, Father Tom Andert returns to the Prep School as Headmaster
* In February of 1994, a Prep School student became distraught after receiving bad news from his family.
* In February of 1994, Father Tom Andert began grooming the student.
letter 5* Father Tom Andert, the Prep School's Headmaster, used his position to gain the student's trust.
More Posts Regarding Tom Andert
* Father Tom Andert's inappropriate behavior crossed many boundaries.Over a six month period in 1994, Andert:
o Served the student alcohol (scotch) in Andert's office at the Prep Schoolo Took the student to Minneapolis.
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* During the same six months, Father Tom Andert sent several letters to the student.Letters include the following statements by Father Tom Andert:
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* One Prep School employee remembers Father Tom Andert's relationship with the student:
"[Andert] spoke about him to me in overly-glowing terms (inappropriately so for a middle-aged man speaking of a teenager) and spent a lot of time with him one on one-going out to dinner, visits in his office, trips to Mpls., etc."
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"No one can question the motives of Tom Andert.Andert fell completely in love with [Student] and treated him as an equal-not the juvenile high school student he was.What a MESS it was for [Student] and for Andert!He had absolutely NO sense of boundaries especially when he was drinking which was often."
* In 1994, Father Tom Andert's inappropriate activities with the student were brought to the attention of Abbot Timothy Kelly.A meeting was called.
"Andert wanted to stay and teach… [deleted] … observations about Andert's inappropriate closeness with a student.It was enough information to make the abbot force Tom to fully leave the Prep School."
* In 1994, Father Tom Andert was removed as headmaster of the Prep School
* In 1994, Abbot Timothy Kelly told the student to not speak to Father Tom Andert.
* In 1995, Abbot Timothy Kelly sent a letter to the victim.According to Abbot Timothy Kelly:
"At best or at worst, there might have been an inappropriate conversation by Father Tom Andert".
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The victim recalls, "we covered everything from my experiences at St. John's and Tom Andert to our very differing views on monasticism/the Catholic Church and celibacy."
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* In October of 2005, a member of the External Review Board received a phone call regarding Father Tom Andert.The phone call was reported to Abbot John Klassen and the External Review Board.
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* On June 30, 2007, Abbot John Klassen appointed Father Tom Andert to be prior of Saint John's Abbey.Andert's responsibilities: The Abbot's primary assistant in serving the monastic community.When the abbot is away from the monastery the prior assumes the abbot's leadership role.
* By July of 2007, Father Tom Andert had also been named to the Abbey's External Review Board.
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"The appointment of Thomas Andert as Prior is an unwise move for the monastery and in the long run for the college too.He has a record of abusing at least one of his students when he was Headmaster of the Prep School.This is not secret, in spite of the fact that he has not yet been the object of litigation.This is not a question of forgiveness or whether or not he is a good man. Is he apt to be prior in both senses of the wordâ€"suited to the job, and/or likely to repeat something?"
* On October 4th, Father Tom Andert's profile was removed from the SJU web site.
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* Father Tom Andert's Partial Resume [Draft]
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Tom AndertTom Andert at a Prep School alumni function.
Saint John's Abbey > About Us > News > Father Thomas Andert OSB Named New Prior
www.saintjohnsabbey.org, 15 June 2007 [cached]
Thomas Andert
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Collegeville, MN -- Abbot John Klassen, O.S.B., has appointed Fr. Thomas Andert, O.S.B., to be prior of Saint John's Abbey effective July 1, 2007. In a Benedictine abbey the prior is the abbot's primary assistant in serving the monastic community. When the abbot is away from the monastery the prior assumes the abbot's leadership role.
Fr. Andert succeeds Fr. Raymond Pedrizetti, O.S.B., who has served as prior since June 28, 2001.
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Born in St. Paul, Fr. Andert made his initial vows as a Benedictine monk July 11, 1968. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 1975 he has had a variety of teaching, academic administration, and pastoral positions. He taught German in the Saint John's Preparatory and University and served as Director of Academic Advising for the University.
Fr. Andert was president of Benilde-St. Margaret High School in St. Louis Park from 1981 to 1987, and as Headmaster of the Saint John's Preparatory School from 1988 to 1994. During his assignment as Benilde-St. Margaret president he was associate pastor at Most Holy Trinity Parish in St. Louis Park. He directed the Melk (Austria) program for the Preparatory School for two years in the 1970s and, among his many awards, he was honored with the Republic of Austria's Silver Cross of Merit in 1992.
Saint John's Preparatory School - Armor of Light Award
www.sjprep.net, 20 Jan 2009 [cached]
First Board Member Emeritus of the SJP Alumni/ae Association Board, one of the founders and promoters of the SJP Alumni/ae Association Scholarship endowment, co-founder of the Prep Classis @ Madden's, father of two SJP alums (Thomas '85, Timon '82), faithful friends, donor, benefactor.
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Thomas Andert, OSB ,65
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