Rev. James M. Godin

Summary of Case: Godin rwas removed from active ministry in 2002 after acknowledging he had engaged in "inappropriate behavior" with a 17 year-old boy 19 years previously. He was included on a list released in 2004 by the Milwaukee archdiocese of priests restricted from ministry due to substantiated inappropriate sexual contact or sexual abuse of minors. Godin was laicized sometime before November 2007.

: 1979


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1981 St. Alphonsus' Greendale WI 4/4 Parish had a school with 625-554 students.
1981 1983 St. Agnes' Milwaukee WI 2/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 293-391 students.
1983 1984 St. Peter Claver's


In August 2002 Godin was removed from active ministry due to what he told his congregation was "inappropriate behavior" with a 17 year-old boy 19 years previously. Godin was removed, according to the archdiocese, for having a "substantiated incident of sexual abuse or inappropriate sexual contact with a minor". (Associated Press State & Local Wire August 21, 2002)

WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 210 students.
1984 1988 St. John's Cathedral Milwaukee WI 2/6, 2/4  
1988 1991 St. Patrick's Whitewater WI 2/2  
1988 2000 Whitewater Campus Ministry, Shalom Center Whitewater WI Campus Minister  
1997 2002 St. Patrick's Whitewater WI 2/2, 1/1 Parish had a religious education program with 204-238 students.


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

2003 On Leave      

Godin is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory.

Godin was named as fully restricted from ministry on a 2004 archdiocesan list of restricted priests. (Statement by Milwaukee Archdiocese July 9, 2004) A November 2007 updated archdiocesan list showed that Godin had been laicized. (Statement by Milwaukee Archdiocese Nov. 26, 2007)


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1980-2003)

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This assignment record was last updated on April 29, 2011