Rev. Daniel A. Budzynski
Summary of Case: Budzynski's name was on a list released in 2004 by the Milwaukee archdiocese of 43 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors against them. He was known as of 1969 to be an abuser, and admitted to abusing at least 30 boys. He has been accused of abusing at least 50. He was laicized in October 2004.
Milwaukee archbishop was Albert Gregory Meyer (1953-1958), followed by William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)
|St. Helen's||Milwaukee||WI||3/3, 3/4, 2/3||Parish had a school with 461-474 students.|
|1961||1962||St. Mary's||Menomonee Falls||WI||3/3||Parish had a school with 814 students.|
|1962||1965||St. Hedwig's||Milwaukee||WI||2/2, 3/3||Parish had a school with 301-281 students.|
|1965||1966||St. Joseph's (Polish)||West Allis||WI||2/2||Parish had a school with 143 students.|
St. Paul's (Polish)
|Milwaukee||WI||2/3, 2/2||Parish had a school with 520-426 students.|
|1969||1971||St. Casimir's (Polish)||Milwaukee||WI||2/3||Parish had a school with 307-272 students.|
|1971||1972||St. Bernadette's||Milwaukee||WI||2/2||Parish had a school with 312 students.|
|1972||1973||St. Peter Claver's||Sheboygan||WI||3/3||Parish had a school with 349 students.|
|1974||1976||St. Joseph's||Wauwatosa||WI||3/3||Parish had a school with 323-308 students.|
La Crosse bishop was Frederick William Freking (1964-1983)
|1981?||Newman Community UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin State University||Eau Claire||WI||2/3, 3/3||The Milwaukee archdiocesan pages list Budzynski under "Other Assignments" in the 1977-1981 Directories. The 1981 Directory indexes and lists Budzynski twice, at the Newman Community UW in Eau Claire, Wisconsin State Univ., and as at Newman Parish in Stevens Point, WI.|
|1980||1982||Newman Parish||Stevens Point||WI||2/2|
|1981||1982||Sick Leave||The 1982 Directory indexes and lists Budzynski in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages as on Sick Leave, and indexes and lists him in the La Crosse diocesan pages as at Newman Parish in Stevens Point, WI.|
Milwaukee archbishop was Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)
|1984||1987||St. Louis'||Caledonia||WI||1/2||Parish had a school with 129-104 students.|
|1987||1992||St. Francis Convent||Milwaukee||WI||Pastoral Minister|
|1992||1994||Villa Clement Health Center||West Allis||WI||Villa Clement was a nursing facility.|
Weakland was replaced by Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009)
Budzynski is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory.
Budzynski was on a list released by the archdiocese in 2004 of priests who had been removed from ministry due to substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors against them. He was laicized October 29, 2004.
|Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1957-2003)
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This assignment record was last updated on February 9, 2021.