Fr. Wilbert (Norbert) Hegener

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1936
Status: Accused

Died: 07/15/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Gaylord MI

Hegener’s name was quietly added in late 2021 to the Diocese of Gaylord’s list of those credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It notes that Hegener returned to his religious order in 1999 and died in 2009. Included in the 1/8/2024 MI Attorney General’s Gaylord report. Accused in 10/2019 of groping a boy, ages 9-12 twice between 1984-1987. Included on the Franciscans’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Province list as of 1/2024. (Hegener was a member of the Sacred Heart Province.)

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