Assignment Record – Rev. Kenneth T. Walleman, s.j.

Summary of Case: Ordained a priest of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus in 1959, Fr. Ken Walleman taught high school in Milwaukee briefly after ordination, after which he was assigned to St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Walleman remained on the Reservation for more than 30 years. In 1997 he was transferred to the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Walleman was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused a Native American boy at St. Francis Mission in the 1970s. He was known to still be residing in Wauwatosa in May 2014.

Ordained: 1959


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Kansas City Kansas archbishop was Edward Joseph Hunkeler (1951-1969).

1960 St. Mary's College St. Mary's KS  
Springfield in Illinois bishop was William Aloysius O'Connor (1948-1975).
1962 St. Joseph's Hall Decatur IL tertianship The 1962 Directory indexes Walleman as at St. Joseph's Hall, but does not list him as there in the Springfield diocesan pages.


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977).

1963 Marquette High School Milwaukee WI   Marquette High had 975 students, all male.


Rapid City bishop was William Tibertus McCarty, (1948-1960), followed by Harold Joseph Dimmerling (1969-1987), and Charles Joseph Chaput , o.f.m. Cap. (1988-1997).

1997 St. Francis Mission

St. Francis

• Walleman was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a Native American boy at St. Francis in the 1970s. Walleman was said to have been sent to St. Francis after suffering a "mental breakdown" at another school.

Rosebud Indian Reservation, SD   This was a boarding school for Native American children. Its elementary school had 289-328 students and its high school had 133-165 students.


Rembert George Weakland, o.s.b. succeeded Cousins as Milwaukee archbishop (1977-2002), followed by Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009), and Jerome Edward Listecki (2009-).

2014 Jesuit Community at St. Camillus Wauwatosa WI   A 2014 internet search shows Walleman to still be residing in this community.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2012)

Sioux Allege Abuse at Church Boarding Schools, By Sharon Waxman, Pioneer Press, carried in Washington Post [South Dakota], Downloaded June 2, 2003
St. Camillus Jesuit Community, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin,, May 6, 2014.

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This assignment record was last updated on May 6, 2014.