Since the adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and Essential Norms by the Bishops of the United States in 2002, the following clerics were permanently removed from ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
Permanently Removed from Ministry
- Stanislaus A. Bur (former priest – deceased)
- John E. Hammer (former priest)
- Richard L Howard (former deacon)
- Jack J. Leipert (former priest)
- Leonard F. Wilkuski (former priest)
Please note that the assignment history of the clergy listed above includes the term "Laicized". Laicized means the person went thru a process under Church (Canon) Law known as laicization. When a priest is laicized, it formalizes his return to status of a layperson; it severs his ties to the diocese.
Suspended from Ministry While Under Investigation
In addition, two priests (listed below) are currently on administrative leave related to allegations under investigation.
The Diocese of Saginaw places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by clergy. To bring forward a complaint and/or to speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator contact (989)797.6682 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Victims are encouraged to contact civil authorities.