|Rev. Laurin J. Wenig
Summary of Case: Wenig was removed from active ministry in February 2011 after a man reported to the Milwaukee archdiocese's victims' assistance program that Wenig had sexually abused him when he was a 12- or 13-year-old boy in the mid-1970s. Additional accusers later came forward. Wenig denied the allegations. He was voluntarily laicized in June 2015.
Laicized: June 2015
Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)
• A man reported to the archdiocese's victims' assistance program in February 2011 that Wenig sexually abused him as a child, when Wenig served at St. Nicholas, and the man was a student at the parish school. The accuser said the abuse happened when he was 12 or 13 years old, in the church and at an area athletic facility.
|WI||3/3, 2/2||Parish had a school with 439-447 students.|
Cousins was succeeded by Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)
|1985||De Sales Prep. Seminary High School/Call to Ministry Program||Milwaukee||WI||Spiritual Counselor 1975-1977, Director of Formation 1977-1979, Director 1979-1980, Rector 1980-1985, faculty member||This minor seminary had 145-48 students.|
|1982||1985||Dominican High School||Whitefish Bay||WI||School had 859-803 students.|
|1985||1990||Graduate Studies, St. Francis Seminary||Milwaukee||WI|
|1990||1997||St. Matthew's||Neosho||WI||1/1||Parish had a religious education program with 260-139 students.|
|1990||1997||St. Mary's||Woodland||WI||1/1||This was a mission of St. Matthew's until 1996. St. Mary's had a religious education program 1996-1997 with 224 students.|
|1992||1995||Sacred Heart School of Theology||Hales Corners||WI||part time faculty member|
|1998||1999||Sacred Heart School of Theology||Hales Corners||WI||part time faculty member|
Timothy Michael Dolan replaced Weakland (2002-2009)
|2008||Holy Family||Whitefish Bay||WI||1/2, 1/1||Parish had a school with 216-292 students, and a religious education program with 491-376 students.|
|2008||2009||Wenig is not indexed in the 2009 Directory, nor is he listed in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages at his previous or subsequent assignments.|
Jerome Edward Listecki succeeded Weakland (2009-)
|2011||St. Mary's Visitation||Elm Grove||WI||1/1||
Parish had a school with 328 students, and a religious education program with 215 students.
Wenig was removed from active ministry in February 2011 due to an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s. In a letter to parishioners, he denied the allegations. Several other accusations against Wenig of child sexual abuse are said to have been made.
Wenig requested laicization, which was granted in June 2015.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-2010)
• Elm Grove Priest Removed after Molestation Claim Made, By Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 26, 2011
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