Rev. Thomas A. Trepanier

Summary of Case: Trepanier resigned from ministry in May 2002 when he faced removal for unspecified past allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with minors. As of March 2012 he remained fully restricted from ministry.

: 1975


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1977 St. Agnes Butler WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 609-585 students.


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

1978 Sacred Heart Monastery Hales Corners WI student  
1978 1983 St. Robert's Milwaukee (Shorewood) WI 4/4, 2/4, 2/3 Parish had a school with 372-232 students.
1983 1984 On Duty Outside the Archdiocese       Address given is 1717 E. Newton, Milwaukee, which is 1/2 a mile from St. Robert's.
1984 1985 Graduate Studies Milwaukee WI   Address given is 1717 E. Newton, Milwaukee.
1985 1988 St. John De Nepomuc Milwaukee WI 1/1  
1987 1993 Special Assignment: Priests' Personnel Board Milwaukee WI Executive Secretary  
1989 1991 St. Francis Seminary High School Program Milwaukee WI   The program had 18 students.
1993 1999 St. Sylvester's South Milwaukee WI 1/1 Parish had a school with 266-202 students, and a religious education program with 177-214 students.
1999 2000 On Leave       Trepanier is not indexed beyond the 2000 Directory.
2000 2002 St. Dominic Brookfield WI associate pastor Trepanier resigned from ministry in May 2002, due to past allegations of substantiated inappropriate sexual behavior with minors. He faced removal in light of the U.S. Bishops' impending zero tolerance policy for the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.


Timothy Michael Dolan replaced Weakland (2002-2009), followed by Jerome Edward Listecki (2009-)

2011         Trepanier remained fully restricted from ministry inMarch 2012, per the archdiocesan website.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1976-2000)

Local Priests' Futures Hang in Balance As Bishops Meet, By Sam Lucero, Catholic Herald, June 13, 2002

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This assignment record was last updated on March 23, 2011