MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A priest convicted of child sexual abuse is part of a group that is raising money to buy the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis’ Chancery building.
The group, called the Gilead Project, is a collaborative venture of Susan Pavlak and Gil Gustafson. Gustafson was convicted of child sexual abuse as a priest and removed from public ministry in 2002.READ MORE: St. Paul School Board Votes To Close 6 Schools Amid Declining Enrollment, Sustainability Concerns
The group says it hopes to turn the building into a place for healing for victims of sexual abuse. According to the project’s website, Pavlak, Gustafson and allies are aiming to “transform the environment of Church and society regarding sexual abuse and abuse of power.”
“Susan and Gil have shared their experiences, strength and hope with various audiences including prisoners who have committed sexual offenses, Department of Corrections classes, denominational officials and seminarians,” the website statement said.READ MORE: Minneapolis Sees 90th, 91st Homicides Of 2021 After Violent Night
According to county records, the property is valued at more than $5 million, but the Realty listing has the price listed as negotiable.
“We believe preserving the building supports the proposition that our healing comes from facing the evil we have done, and allowed, in our church,” the statement continues.MORE NEWS: Wizards Beat Wolves 115-107; Towns Hurts Himself Dunking
The building, located across from the Cathedral, was constructed in 1961.