Fr. James W. Lennon

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Winona-Rochester MN

Following a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bishop Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations against them of abuse involving minors. Lennon’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Voluntarily left active ministry in 6/84. Diocese updated information on its list 6/23/14 to say he was laicized. Had relationships with two adult women after leaving ministry. Admitted to Diocese that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old girl for several years but denied abusing any other person. Died 8/8/00.


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