Timothy J. O’Malley, '85, Named Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment for St Paul & Minneapolis Archdiocese

Archbishop John Nienstedt announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge Timothy J. O’Malley to the new position of Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The creation of this new position was one of the key recommendations called for in the independent Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force Report and Recommendations in April 2014. He begins his new role at the archdiocese on September 15.

“We are honored that Judge O’Malley has offered to share his experience and insights with the Church to help protect the young and vulnerable and hold accountable those who have caused harm,” said Archbishop John Nienstedt. “He brings with him a high level of intellect, an impressive background of experience and leadership with local law enforcement, the FBI, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the judicial system, and he has a compassionate heart for victim/survivors.”

Judge O'Malley said, "I am honored to join the team that the archdiocese put together and hope my contributions position us to better serve those who have been abused and their families.  Like many others, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, I have been profoundly troubled and disappointed by how the Church has addressed reports of abuse. I want to help change that.  The archdiocese must do everything possible to prevent the kind of abuse that Pope Francis has accurately and pointedly described as 'despicable.'   Protecting children must be our highest priority."