Superior Diocese Suspends Ashland Priest Who Fathered Child

By Jana Hollingsworth
Duluth News Tribune
October 16, 2009

An Ashland priest who fathered a child with a parishioner in Illinois 23 years ago has been suspended from his duties, according to the Catholic Diocese of Superior.

A New York Times story published today told the story of Pat Bond, mother of Nathan, and her struggles to obtain support from the Order of Friars Minor, or Franciscans, of which the priest, Rev. Henry Willenborg, is a member.

The New York Times story reported allegations of sexual misconduct with a high school student more than 20 years ago, which Bishop Peter Christensen said will be investigated. Until that has been concluded by the Franciscans, he said, Willenborg will be suspended from his work with Our Lady of the Lake parish.


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