Rev. John C. Wagner

Summary of Case: Wagner'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. He was noted to be "Fully Restricted from Priestly Ministry", a status that remained until his laicization in December 2012.

: 1973
Laicized: December 2012


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1974 St. William's Waukesha WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 241 students.
1974 1976 St. Mary's Sheboyan Falls WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 132-129 students.


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

1981 University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan; Lakeland College Sheboygan WI Campus Ministry  
1981 1982 Catholic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Milwaukee WI Diocesan Director  
1982 1985 St. Patrick's Whitewater WI 1/1  
1985 1986 Graduate Studies        
1986 1987 Absent on Sick Leave        
1987 1992 St. Catherine's Milwaukee WI 3/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 180-213 students.
1992 1993 Awaiting Assignment        
1993 2002 On Leave      

Wagner is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.

In 2004 the Milwaukee archdiocesan website listed Wagner as "Fully Restricted from Priestly Ministry". (Archdiocese of Milwaukee, July 9, 2004) He remained as such until his laicization in December 2012.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-2002)

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This assignment record was last updated on February 18, 2021.