Sr. Benen Kent

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago, Diocese of Winona

Religious Order:  Sisters of St. Francis


Nun. Sued. Accused of abuse 1962-1967 by one woman in 2005 suit. Two more women filed suit 2006. They claim the order knew Kent suffered from mental illness and had behaved questionably with children. Abused in Chicago IL and MN. Died 2003. In 4/07 Court dismissed 1 suit on SOL, parts of a 2nd and left the 3rd intact. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal 4/30/08. Claims settled 9/08. Two women received $400K total. Other accusers have come forward. Suit filed in Winona MN 4/16 alleging sexual abuse by Kenan of two minors 1958-61.

Sources: Assignment RecordSt Louis Post Dispatch (AP) 05.31.05; Renew America 04.21.06; Chicago Sun-Times 06.07.06; Sacramento Bee (AP) 06.07.06; The Conservative Voice 06.14.06; Minneapolis Star Tibune 06.24.06; Post-Bulletin 04.03.07; Post-Bulletin 11.29.07; Post-Bulletin 05.01.08; SNAP 09.25.08; Star Tribune 09.25.08; KARE 11 09.26.08; Mountain Views-Observer 11.28.08; KillingTheBuddha 05.04.09; KEYC 04.18.16; Wanseca County News 04.20.16