Rev. Ronald J. Bandle

Summary of Case: Bandle reportedly had a "relationship" with a 12-year-old in Waukesha in 1987. In 1993, he was placed under restrictions in terms of ministry and contact with minors. He was appointed in June 1996 as an assistant priest at St. Joseph and St. Kilian Parishes in Lyons and to nursing home ministry. He died in January 2001 after a heart attack during Mass. Bandle's name was included on the Archdiocese's July 2004 list of priests fully restricted (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. His personnel file was released in July 2013.

: 1968
Died: January 6, 2001


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1970 St. John the Baptist's Plymouth WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 351-318 students.
1970 1971 Our Lady of Sorrows Milwaukee WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 633 students.
1971 1974 St. Patrick's Fond du Lac WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 300-428 student. The school was consolidated with St. Louis' parish school in 1972.


Cousins was succeeded by Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1981 St. Mary's Menomonee WI 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 Parish had a school with 419-534 students.
1980 1983 Holy Apostles New Berlin WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 489-471 students.
1983 1989 St. Mary's Waukesha WI 2/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 470-363 students.
1989 1993 Sacred Heart Allenton WI 1/1  
1989 1993 St. Matthias' Nabob WI   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Allenton.
1991 1993 SS. Peter and Paul's Nenno WI 1/1  
1991 1993 St. Anthony's Nenno WI   This was a mission of SS. Peter and Paul.
1993 1996 On Leave        
1996 2001 St. Joseph's Lyons WI assistant This assignment is per Bandle's obituary. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 9, 2001)
1996 2001 St. Kilian's Lyons WI assistant This assignment is per Bandle's obituary. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 9, 2001)
1996 2001 Special Assignment/Nursing Home Ministry Milwaukee WI  

Address listed is 5937 N. 35th St. #2, Milwaukee.

Bandle died Jan. 6, 2001.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1969-2002)

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This assignment record was last updated on February 7, 2021.