|Rev. S. Joseph Collova
Summary of Case: Collova was accused in a 1993 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy beginning in 1980, when the boy was 14, and continuing until 1987. He was placed on leave and fully restricted from ministry. Collova left the Roman Catholic Church in 2004 to practice as a priest in alternative Catholic groups without ties to Rome. As a result, he was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church. Collova was named on a list released by the Milwaukee archdiocese in 2004 as a priest with substantiated allegations against him of sexual abuse of a minor. He was made a bishop of the American Apostolic Church in June 29, 2009 and was pastor of a church in Milwaukee. Collova died Jan. 4, 2013.
Died: Jan. 4, 2013
Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977), followed by Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)
|1977||St. James'||Mequon||WI||2/2||St. James' had a school with 225 students.|
• In a 1993 lawsuit, Collova was accused of sexually assaulting a boy beginning when the boy was 14 years old in 1980 and continuing until 1987.
|WI||2/3||Parish had a school with 518-487 students.|
|1985||1993||St. Rita's||Milwaukee||WI||1/2, 1/1||Parish had a school with 158-230 students.|
|1993||2002||On Leave||Collova is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.|
Collova left the Roman Catholic Church to join the Independent Evangelical Catholic Church in America as a priest, but was with that church for less than a year. He then was briefly affiliated with The Independent Catholic Christian Church.
He was excommunicated in 2004 from the Roman Catholic church after establishing affiliation as a priest in non- Roman Catholic denominations.
Collova was named on a list put out by the Milwaukee archdiocese in 2004 among 43 priests restricted from ministry due to substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against minors.
Collova was made a bishop of the American Apostolic Church in 2009.
Collova died Jan. 4, 2013.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1977-2002)
• Negligence Issue, Court to Rule on Diocese Lawsuits, Justices to Decide If Church Can Be Sued over Priests in Sex Cases, By Richard P. Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin], July 31, 1996