Rev. Ronald G. Engel

Summary of Case: Engel was investigated for possesion of child pornography on his computer and placed on leave by the Archdiocese in April 2004. The Archdiocesan Review Board determined that the allegations were substantiated. Per a list updated in December 2009 on the Milwaukee Archdiocesan website, Engel was "fully restricted from ministry." In 2011 Engel's case was submitted to the Vatican which, in turn, authorized Archbishop Listecki to initiated an administrative penal process. In February 2021 Engel remained fully restricted.     

: 1977


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1983 Immaculate Conception Milwaukee WI 2/3 Immaculate Conception had a school with 441-475 students.
1983 1984 Messmer High School Milwaukee WI Pastoral Coordinator Messmer High had 318 students.
1984 1992 St. Matthias Milwaukee WI 4/4, 3/4, 3/3 St. Matthias' had 484-511 students.
1992 1998 St. Mary's South Milwaukee WI 1/1

St. Mary's had a school with 142-176 students until it consolidated with St. John's and Holy Cross in 1994. St. Mary's had a religious education program with 175-181 students.

1998 1999 On Leave        


Weakland was replaced by Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009)

 2004 St. Veronica's


Engel was placed on leave in late April 2004 due to a law enforcement investigation on suspicion that he had child pornography on his computer. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 11, 2004)

WI   2/2 St. Veronica's had a school with 443-370 students, and a religious education program with 218-175 students. It consolidated with others in 2004 to form St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary. 
 2004  2021        

Engel is indexed through but not beyond the 2005 Directory.

The Archdiocesan Review Board deemed the allegations substantiated.

Included on the Archdiocese's list updated in December 2009 as "fully restricted"  from ministry."

Engel's case was sent to the Vatican in 2011. Remained fully restricted per the Archdiocese in February 2021.(


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1978-2005)

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This assignment record was last updated on February 11, 2021.