Fr. William Nicholas Garding

Ordained: 1982
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Ordained at age 43. In 1989 a 20-year-old man accused Garding of sexually abusing him as a boy over a three-year period, beginning during confirmation classes. Pleaded guilty; sentenced to 6 months in jail and a 10-year stayed sentence. Sued in 1991 but suit dismissed. Later wrote book, “My Journey Alone” about his battle to suppress homosexuality and his quest for approval and love from adolescent male parishioner. Privileges removed in 6/02. Died in 11/05 after auto accident. Name on 1/3/14 St. Cloud list.


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