Fr. Joseph Wajda

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Abuse of boys allegedly began within two or three months of ordination. Two 1989 civil suits claim Wajda abused at least two boys. Both boys had sought counseling from Wajda. Both suits settled out of court in 1991, one for a “substantial” settlement. Wajda continued as a priest in administrative capacity (including on marriage tribunal) until placed on leave after the Bishops’ conference in Dallas 6/02. Permanently removed in 2003. Denied all abuse and appealed his case to review board. Personnel file from St. Paul Archdiocese released 07/9/14. Laicization announced by archdiocese 10/1/16. May have abused an altar boy while a transitional deacon in the early 1970s at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton. Died 4/29/21.

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