Rev. William J. Farrell

Summary of Case: Farrell'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 died in 1999.

: 1947
Retired: 1990
: 1999


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Moses Elias Kiley (1940-1953), followed by Albert Gregory Meyer (1953-1958). Meyer was succeeded by William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1961 St. Frederick's Cudahy WI 3/3, 2/3 Parish had a school with 393-628 students.
1953 1966 Catholic Family Life Office Milwaukee WI   This assignment is per the Milwaukee archdiocese.
1961 1962 St. Dominic's Sheboygan WI   This assignment is per Farrell's obituary, and the Milwaukee archdiocese. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 19, 1999)
1961 1966 St. Cecilia's Thiensville WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 318-355 students.
1966 1967 Holy Family Reeseville WI


In residence.

1966 1967 St. Columbkill Elba WI   This was a mission of Holy Family in Reeseville.
1967 1967 St. Thomas Waterford WI   This assignment is per the Milwaukee archdiocese.
1967 1968 St. Patrick's Erin WI 1/1  
1967 1969 St. Joseph Hospital Milwaukee     This assignment is per the Milwaukee archdiocese.
1968 1973 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin North Fond du Lac WI 1/1, 1/2 Parish had a school with 263-306 students.


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

1990 St. Gerard's Milwaukee WI 1/2, 1/1  
1990 1995 Retired Milwaukee WI   Address was 5200 S. Tuckaway Blvd. #109.
1995 1999 Retired Wauwatosa WI  

The address given in the Directories during these years is for St. Camillus which is a facility for the elderly with independent living to skilled nursing and hospice care.

Farrell died Sept. 18, 1999


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1948-1999)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 3, 2011