Fr. Albert Wilwerding

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Tommie Pierick and his priest uncle told Bishop Dingman in 1978 of abuse in late 1960s starting when boy was 12. Threats and gifts used; farmhouse a common venue. Diocese admits no record of 2 complaints. W removed 1981. T died by suicide 1985; W sent for treatment again in same year. T’s sister went to the diocese 1993. She went public 2002; other victims then surfaced. Diocese asked for defrocking 9/19/03. T’s brother sued 2/25/04. W died 9/26/04. Civil suit filed 2006; settled 2007. On diocese’s list 4/4/19. It notes 25 allegations of abuse of boys, occurring late 1950s to the mid 1980s. On San Antonio diocese’s list 1/31/19. Lived in diocese 1982-84. Investigated 1984 by San Antonio police for sex assault of adult male, sent to treatment in NM. Report in 2018 of abuse of boy 1983 or 1984.


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