Fr. Joseph Smetana

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Spent 31 years as a priest in Nicaragua. Identified in 6/18/13 “Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph” as current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Smetana’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Removed from public ministry, living under supervision. Included on the La Crosse diocese’s list 1/18/20, where he worked at some point at St. Henry in Eau Galle. Permanently removed from ministry.


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