Rev. Harold P. Herbst

Summary of Case: Herbst'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.

: 1941
Retired: 1971
Died: 1979


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Moses Elias Kiley (1940-1953)

1951 St. Lawrence's Milwaukee WI 2/3

Parish had a school with 330-469 students.

Herbst's middle initial in the Directories is most consistently "P", although the archdiocese in 2004 referred to him as "Harold A." Herbst.

Herbst was named in 2004, along with 42 other Milwaukee priests, as having substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse against him. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin]
July 10, 2004)


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

1957 Mother of Perpetual Help Milwaukee WI 2/2, 2/3 Parish had a school with 400-1,194 students, and a 9th grade through 1955 with 22-42 students.


William Edward Cousins replaced Meyer (1958-1977)

1962 Holy Name of Jesus Wilmot WI 1/1 Parish had a school with 252-285 students.
1962 1971 St. Mary's Sheboygan Falls WI

2/3, 1/2, 1/1


Parish had a school with 322-195 students.


Meyer was succeeded by Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1979 Retired Milwaukee WI  

Herbst is listed in the Directories' diocesan pages at 3031 N. 80th St. Also, the Directories refer to him in retirement as Harold H. rather than Harold P. Herbst.

Herbst died Sept. 1, 1979


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1942-1980)

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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 10, 2011.