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Clergy Abuse Response

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to keeping children safe.

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Reporting Abuse

If you or someone you know is being abused or you suspect abuse is occurring, contact your local law enforcement department immediately. Any instance of abuse involving a person currently under 18 years of age (minor) should immediately be reported to the civil authorities. Locate the civil authorities in the 10 counties of the archdiocese.

If you or someone you know was abused as a minor by clergy or church personnel, call your local police, sheriff or district attorney’s office to file a criminal report.

Reports can also be made to the Victim Assistance Coordinator who is available to support abuse survivors.  A formal complaint of abuse can be made to the archdiocese by calling the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 414-758-2232.

An alternative way to make a formal report for those not wanting to contact the archdiocese is available to you 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the Healing Center website or by calling 414-219-5555.

Register for training

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has a partnership with Catholic Mutual Group to provide Safe Environment Education.

View a listing of upcoming sessions.

Download instructions in either English or Spanish (Español).


Our Shepherds Respond

In this video, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki explains his decision to redesign a portion of the archdiocesan website to deal specifically with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s response to clergy sexual abuse. Archbishop Listecki explains that the website is one of many steps the archdiocese will take to progress down the path of healing from and prevention of clergy sexual abuse.

"This website is one of many steps of renewal and action in this Archdiocese. It will take time and each step may not always be perfect.  But each step we take is progress and, if rooted in love, will bear great fruit." — Archbishop Listecki

Read archived messages from: Archbishop Listecki, Bishop Schuerman and Bishop Haines


Archbishop Listecki's introduction to clergy abuse response.

Transcript: English and Spanish

Our Commitment

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is commited to zero tolerance, transparency and care and commitment. Learn more by clicking the icons below. 

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Care Commitment

Safeguarding Statistics

Did you know that the archdiocese has about 175 Safeguarding All God’s Children training sessions annually? Since 2002, over 85,000 adults have been trained. Over 50,000 children participate in age appropriate safe environment training in our Catholic schools and religious education programs annually. 

Additionally, every employee – including clergy, employees at the central offices, parish staff and Catholic school faculty and staff – is required to complete Safe Environment Training, sign a Code of Ethical Standards, and pass a criminal background check, which includes a search of national and state criminal databases, as well as sex offender registries.

Find out more information about our programs with the links below.

Safe Environment Office

Register for Safe Environment Training

Contact information for all 10 counties of the archdiocese

Seminarian Formation

Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, founded in 1845 and located in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, forms the hearts, minds and souls of men called by Jesus Christ to serve God's people as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. This provincial seminary forms priests for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the other dioceses of Wisconsin, and beyond. The formation integrates the human, pastoral, spiritual and intellectual dimensions of the Program of Priestly Formation. In a particular way, Saint Francis de Sales Seminary is committed to Safe Environment Education, and to forming priests who are dedicated to safeguarding all of God’s children. This training for our priests is a grave responsibility – a responsibility that we accept with the utmost seriousness and urgency. Our efforts contribute to the ongoing work of the Church in the Unites States to carry out the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

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St. Francis de Sales Seminary

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408