Rev. Jerome E. Lanser

Summary of Case: Accused in a 1992 lawsuit of having sexually assaulted a boy, ages 8 to 13, from 1964 to1969 at a Milwaukee parish. The case was dismissed in 1997 due to the statute of limitations, but the archdiocese later paid the plaintiff a settlement. Lanser was placed on leave in 1993 and beginning in 2004 was noted to be fully restricted from ministry. "Numerous" additional allegations surfaced against him after his 2000 retirement.   

: 1958
Retired: 2000
Died: March 12, 2012 


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1964 St. Peter's Beaver Dam WI 2/3 Parish had an elementary school with 567-509 students, and a 9th grade with 41-74 students.
1964 1969 St. Mary's

Menomonee Falls

Lanser was accused in a lawsuit in the 1990s of having sexually assaulted a boy from 1964-1969, beginning when the boy was 8 years old and continuing until he was 13. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin]
July 31, 1996)

WI 2/3, 2/5 Parish had a school with 823-597 students.
1969 1971 St. Margaret Mary's Milwaukee WI 4/4, 3/4 Parish had a school with 658-629 students.
1971 1976 St. Leo's (German) Milwaukee WI 1/4, 1/3, 1/2  


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

1979 Sacred Heart Racine WI 1/2 Parish had a school with 245-261 students.
1979 1981 St. Mary's Pewaukee WI 2/2, 1/1 Parish had a school with 198-201 students.
1981 1988 St. Roman's Milwaukee WI 3/3, 2/3 Parish had a school with 392-448 students.
1988 1990 Franciscan Villa South Milwaukee WI Chaplain This was a nursing home which included a child day care, with 40 children.
1989 1995 St. John's South Milwaukee WI

3/3, 2/2

In residence.

Parish had a school with 121-235 students, and a religious education program with 170-240 students. The 1994 and 1995 Directories index Lanser as both at St. John's and On Leave.
1993 2000 On Leave        


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

2003 Retired


"Numerous" additional allegations surfaced after Lanser's retirememnt.


Lanser is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory.

The archdiocesan website noted in 2004 that Lanser was fully restricted from ministry. That status remains in 2011. (Statement by Milwaukee Archdiocese 7-09-04)

 2003  2012         Lanser died in March 2012.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1959-2003)

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This assignment record was last updated on February 15, 2021.