Statement Regarding Joseph Wajda’s Dismissal from the Clerical State

By Tom Halden
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Mnneapolis
October 1, 2016

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda

Joseph Wajda, who has been forbidden from exercising public priestly ministry since 2003 due to allegations of sexual abuse of minors, has now been definitively dismissed from the clerical state. He may not dress or present himself as a priest and is forbidden from the ordinary exercise of all sacred ministry, private as well as public.

Joseph Wajda was ordained in 1973 and served in our archdiocese. We have advised pastors at parishes where he had been assigned of this change in his clerical status. His complete assignment history is provided on the archdiocesan website and at

I am profoundly saddened by the effect clergy sexual abuse continues to have on victims/survivors, their families and the community and strongly encourage anyone who has been abused to contact the police immediately.

You may find clergy disclosure information linked on the archdiocesan website and at








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