Laicized priest dies, Wajda faced child sexual abuse claims

The Catholic Spirit [Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis MN]

May 1, 2021

By Joe Ruff

A laicized priest, removed from public ministry in 2003 and dismissed from the clerical state in 2016 for substantiated child sexual abuse accusations, died April 29. Joseph Wajda was 74.

Ordained in 1973 for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Wajda served in eight parishes. He also was judicial vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal from 1996 to 2002.

Funeral services were pending.