Assignment Record – Rev. William C. Wehrle, s.j.

Summary of Case: William C. Wehrle was a Jesuit of the Maryland Province, ordained in 1950. His assignments took him to the archdioceses of Baltimore MD, Washington DC and Omaha NE, as well as to the Pittsburgh and Denver dioceses. In 1985 Wehrle was accused of sexual abuse; he was removed from his Woodstock, MD parish and resurfaced two years later in Pittsburgh, PA. He died in 1995.

: 1950
Died: Aug. 25, 1995


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


Baltimore archbishop Francis Patrick Keough (1947-1961).

1951 Sacred Heart Woodstock MD  


Albany bishop was Edmund Francis Gibbons (1919-1954).

1952 Our Lady of Martyrs Auriesville NY Jesuit tertianship  


Baltimore archdiocese

1960 Our Lady of the Wayside Chaptico MD 5/5 In residence.  
1952 1957 Holy Angels Avenue MD   This was a "filial parish" of Our Lady of the Wayside in Chaptico.
1952 1957 Sacred Heart Bushwood MD   This was a "filial parish" of Our Lady of the Wayside in Chaptico.
1952 1957 St. Joseph's Morganza MD   This was a "filial parish" of Our Lady of the Wayside in Chaptico.
1952 1960 Immaculate Conception Mechanicsville MD 1/1 This was a "filial parish" of Our Lady of the Wayside in Chaptico.


Washington DC archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973).

1966 St. Ignatius Hilltop MD 1/1  
1960 1966 Sacred Heart La Pata MD In residence. Sacred Heart had a high school with 165-180 students.
1960 1966 St. Catherine of Alexandria McConchie MD   This was a mission of St. Ignatius in Hilltop.
1966 1971 Holy Trinity Washington DC 4/7, 3/6, 3/7, 3/5 Holy Trinity had a grade school with 176-253 students, and a high school with 226-283 students.


Pittsburgh bishop was Vincent Martin Leonard (1969-1983).

1972 Jesuit Residence Pittsburgh PA   The residence was at 1817 Mary St.
1972 1973 Pittsburgh Hospital Pittsburgh PA chaplain  


Omaha archbishop was Daniel Eugene Sheehan (1969-1993).

1974 Creighton University Omaha NE    


Denver bishop was James Vincent Casey (1967-1986).

1976 St. Louis Denver CO 2/2 St. Louis had a school with 250-237 students.
1976 1980 St. Therese Aurora CO 2/2 St. Therese had a school with 465-410 students.
1980 1981 St. James Denver CO 2/3 St. James' had a school with 275 students.
1981 1982         Wehrle is not indexed in the 1982 Directory.


Baltimore archbishop was William Donald Borders (1974-1989).

1985 St. Alphonsus Rodriguez


• Wehrle was accused of sexual abuse in the mid-1980s and removed from St. Alphonsus.

MD 2/2  
1985 1986         Wehrle is not indexed in the 1986 Directory.


Leonard was succeeded as Pittsburgh bishop by Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1983-1987), followed by Donald William Wuerl (1988-2006).

1993 SS. Peter and Paul Pittsburgh PA

3/3, 2/2, 2/3

In residence.

1993 1995 St. Charles Lwanga Pittsburgh PA


In residence.

SS. Peter and Paul consolidated with 5 other parishes to form St. Charles Lwanga.

Wehrle died Aug. 25, 1995.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1951-1996)

Archdiocese's list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse, Baltimore Sun, September 26, 2002
Victims to Leaflet Catholic Cathedral, SNAP, May 16, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on July 15, 2014.