Rev. Joseph H. Haas

Summary of Case: Haas was removed from active ministry in 2004 after a woman came forward with accusations that he had sexually abused her in 1977-1978 when she was a second grader and parishioner at Holy Rosary parish in Milwaukee. Another, "less serious" accusation was investigated by police in 2000. There were no charges filed.

: 1959

Retired: 2004


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Albert Gregory Meyer (1953-1959), followed by William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1969 Holy Rosary Milwaukee WI 2/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 408-236 students.
1969 1973 St. Hedwig's (Polish) Milwaukee WI 2/2, 2/3 Parish had a school with 263-151 students.


Cousins was succeeded by Rebert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1983 Holy Rosary


Haas was accused in 2004 of having sexually abused a girl in 1977-1978 when the girl was a Holy Rosary second grader. (Journal Sentinel Online
March 19, 2004)

WI 1/3, 1/2 Parish had a school with 170-304 students. It consolidated with St. Hedwig's and SS. Peter and Paul's schools in 1982.
1983 1995 St. Patrick's Elkhorn WI 1/1, 1/2 Parish had a school with 146-192 students, and a religious education program with 235-205 students.


Timothy Michael Dolan replaced Weakland (2002-2009)

2004 St. Peter of Alcantara

Port Washington

Haas was accused of "inappropriate behavior" in 2000. A police investigation did not substantiate the accusation. (Journal Sentinel Online
March 19, 2004)

WI 1/1 St. Peter's had a school (consolidated with St. Mary's) with 337-276 students, and a religious education program with 463-350 students.


Dolan was succeeded by Jerome Edward Listecki (2009-)

2010 Retired West Allis WI   Haas was placed on leave in February 2004, after allegations of abuse stemming from the late 1970s emerged. He retired and agreed not to return to parish ministry in September 2004. (Journal Sentinel Online
September 13, 2004)


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2010)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 14, 2011