|Rev. Joseph L. Wajda
Summary of Case: Joseph Wajda was accused of the sexual abuse of at least three boys, ages 12-16. One of the boys is said to have gone to him for counseling regarding his sexuality, and another allegedly went to him for support after his grandmother died. Two of Wajda's accusers said the incidents occurred in the early 1970s, and a third said Wajda abused him in 1986. Wajda denied the accusations. He was taken out of parish ministry and served on the archdiocesan Tribunal from 1991 to 2002. He was the Tribunal's Judicial Vicar from 1997-2002. Wajda was laicized in 2016.
Incardinated: St. Paul and Minneapolis
St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975), followed by John Robert Roach (1975-1995)
• Wajda was accused in a 1989 lawsuit of telling a 12-year-old boy in the early 1970s to remove his clothes and fondle himself after the boy went to him to seek advice about his sexuality. The same boy accused San Raphael priest, Rev. Robert Kapoun, of sexually abusing him.
• Wajda was accused in another 1989 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in 1974.
St. Raphael's had a school with 578-513 students.
Kapoun, referred to as the "Polka Padre", was known to have sexually abused boys throughout his decades long career.
|1977||1982||Immaculate Conception||Columbia Heights||MN||3/3, 1/1 Administrator||Immaculate Conception had a school with 377-343 students.|
|1982||1986||St. Rose of Lima||
|MN||2/3, 2/2||St. Rose of Lima had a school with 410-396 students.|
|1986||St. Joseph's||Waconia||MN||temporary administrator|
|1986||Sts. Peter and Paul||Loretto||MN||temporary administrator|
|1986||1987||Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bohemian)||
• Wajda was accused of fondling and attempting to rape an eighth grade boy in 1986. The boy is said to have gone to Wajda for support after his grandmother died. Wajda's accuser received a settlement from the archdiocese.
|1987||1988||St. Andrew's||St. Paul||MN||1/1|
|1988||1990||Special Assignment: Chancery, Pro Tem||St. Paul||MN|
|1990||1991||Blessed Sacrament||St. Paul||MN||2/2||Blessed Sacrament had a school with 193 students.|
|1992||1994||Catholic University||Washington||DC||student||This assignment is per the archdiocese in Dec. 2013.|
Roach was succeeded by Harry Joseph Flynn (1995-2008)
|2002||Special Assignment: Tribunal||St. Paul||MN||Judicial Vicar 1996-2002||
Wajda is not indexed beyond the 2004 Directory.
Permanently removed from ministry in 2003, per the archdiocese.
Living in Minneapolis in Dec. 2013.
Laicization announced October 1, 2016.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-2004)
• Polka Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct, United Press International, August 22, 1989