Fr. Henry V. Willenborg

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Accused in 2009 of a 5-year affair in IL with a woman beginning in the early 1980s. Another woman came forward during that time to allege a long relationship with him when she was in high school. Order sent him to Paraclete facility for treatment for 7 months. The first woman gave birth to his son after his return. She received support from the Franciscans over the years, and made the matter public in 10/09 because the 22-year-old son had terminal cancer and she also had cancer. Diocese placed WIllenborg on leave pending investigation. Son died 12/09. On the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese’s list updated 4/1/19. Worked in New Orleans 1988-93.


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