Rev. William E. Lemanski, s.a.c.

Summary of Case: Lemanski admitted to sexually abusing a minor. The abuse may have occurred in 1990, which is when Lemanski received treatment. According to his Pallotine provincial in 2002, Lemanski was thereafter permitted only to say mass for nuns in convents. In 2004, after SNAP alerted parents of the school next door to the Pallotine rectory housing Lemanski, the school principal asked the order to move him. The provincial told her he would form a committee which would decide what to do next.

: 1974


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Madison bishop was Cletus Francis O'Donnell (1967-1992)

1979 Queen of Apostles High School Madison WI School had 215-190 students.


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

1991 St. Pius X High School


Lemanski admitted admitted to sexually abusing a minor. The abuse may have occurred in 1990. In a 2002 letter of apology to Lemanski's victim, former Pallotine provincial, Rev. Robert Carney, noted that in 1990 Lemanski underwent treatment at a hospital. Carney also wrote that Lemanski was permitted only to say Mass for nuns.

WI   School had 1,896-1,705 students.
1991 1993 St. Vincent Pallotti Center Elkhorn WI 2/2

This was a "Retreat and Christian Formation Center".

Lemanski is not indexed in the 1993 Directory, but he is listed in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages as at the Center.

1993 1994         Lemanski is not indexed in the 1994 Directory, nor is he listed as at his previous or subsequent assignments.


Timothy Michael Dolan replaced Weakland (2002-2009)

2004 Pallotti House Milwaukee WI  

This was a residence for Pallotine priests and brothers.

Lemanski is not indexed in the 1996 Directory, but he is listed as at Pallotti House in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages. He is not indexed beyond the 2004 Directory.

In Sept. 2004 SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) alerted parents of the Woodlands School, which was next door to Pallotti House, that Lemanksi was a neighbor and that he was a threat to the community. The school's principal contacted the archdiocese, which claimed not to have authority over Lemanski, who is an order priest. (Lemanski is quoted as saying the archdiocese had "done wonders" for him.) Sullivan then met with the Pallotine provincial. She was told that he would form a committee to decide "what would happen next".


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-2004)

School Asks Pallottines to Relocate Priest, By Sam Lucero, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, September 23, 2004

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