Rev. Edmund H. Haen

Summary of Case: Archbishop Weakland received a report from a man in 1989 that Haen had sexually abused him repeatedly in the 1940s, when the man was an altar boy and student at Haen's Milwaukee parish and parish school. The man said he knew of at least two other boys who had been abused by Haen. Haen acknowledged the abuse. Haen was forced to retire in 1990, and was restricted from ministry in 1992. He died in 1997.

: 1940

Retired: 1990
Died: 1997


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Moses Elias Kiley (1940-1953)

1947 St. Lawrence's


A man reported to Weakland in 1989 that he had been repeatedly sexually abused as a child in the 1940s by Haen. The man was an altar boy at St. Lawrence's and a student at the parish school during the time of the abuse. Bishop Sklba informed the accuser in 1992 that Haen acknowledged having abused him. (Journal Sentinel Online
April 20, 2002) This accuser said he knew of at least two other boys who had been abused by Haen. (Journal Sentinel Online
April 24, 2002)

WI 3/3 Parish had a school with 330-413 students.


Kiley was succeeded by Albert Gregory Meyer (1953-1958)

1955 St. Killian's Hartford WI 3/3 Parish had a school with 302-443 students.
1947 1955 St. Patrick's Erin WI   This was a mission of St. Killian's in Hartford.


William Edward Cousins followed Meyer as archbishop (1958-1977)

1972 St. Frances Cabrini West Bend WI 1/1, 1/2 Parish had a school beginning in 1957 with 237-585 students.


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

1985 Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal Milwaukee WI Pro-Synodal Judge  
1980 1982 Archdiocesan Consultor Milwaukee WI    
1972 1990 St. James Mequon WI 1/1, 1/2 Parish had a school with 314-128 students.
1990 1997 Retired Milwaukee WI  

Address given is 9301 N. 76th St. #371E. In 2011 this is the address of Alexian Village of Milwaukee, which is a Catholic retirement community.

Haen was forced into retirement a year after a man reported to Weakland that Haen had sexually abused him as a child. He was restricted from ministry in 1992. (Journal Sentinel Online
April 24, 2002)

Haen died Oct. 23, 1997


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1941-1997)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 21, 2011