Child Abuse or Neglect
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 by calling 911. Anyone wishing to make a report about current or historical sexual abuse of a minor by a member of the clergy should contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator.
Visit the Clergy Abuse Response page for more details on reporting abuse.
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Sexual Misconduct or Interference by a Bishop
If you have reason to believe that a bishop has engaged in sexual misconduct* or has interfered with an investigation into sexual misconduct, please visit the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting service.
* Under Pope Francis’s Vos estis lux mundi and the Directives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the following forms of misconduct by bishops should be reported using this dedicated reporting system:
- Forcing someone, by violence or threat or through abuse of authority, to perform or submit to sexual acts.
- Performing sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person.
- The production, exhibition, possession or distribution, including by electronic means, of child pornography, as well as by the recruitment of or inducement of a minor or a vulnerable person to participate in pornographic exhibitions.
- Actions or omissions intended to interfere with or avoid civil investigations or canonical investigations, whether administrative or penal, against a cleric or a religious regarding the misconduct referred to in 1-3 above.
Barbara Anne Cusack
In an effort to achieve our goals of transparency and accountability, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has partnered with Convercent, a third-party company, to administer an online service to report financial misconduct. Parishioners, employees, volunteers, vendors and other individuals can confidentially report concerns about possible financial misconduct.
Director- Parish & School Financial Consulting
Parish Finance Consultant
Those who minister within parishes, organizations, and institutions of the Church founded by Jesus Christ have the responsibility to exemplify Gospel teachings, values, and mandates in their lives, and in their actions. For this purpose, a Code of Ethical Standards has been put in place. Anyone who observes or experiences serious violations of the Code of Ethical Standards has a right and responsibility to report such misconduct. If an individual believes that such violations are criminal offenses, they should make the report to civil authorities. Other reports about clergy misconduct are directed to the Vicar for Clergy. Reports about misconduct by lay ministers are directed to the Director of Priest and Lay Ecclesial Personnel and Placement. Reports can also be made through an outside reporting agency, Convercent.
Barbara Anne Cusack
Very Rev. Jerry Herda
Vicar for Clergy
Manager of Priest and Lay Ecclesial Personnel and Placement
Fitness for Ministry Oversight Board
The Fitness for Ministry Oversight Board consists of six members with additional members to be added upon recommendation of the Board. The Board members will be respected members of the community and have expertise in the areas of psychology, law, and/or public policy as well as ministerial experience. The board will include an experienced pastor. Members will be appointed for renewable five-year terms. The Director of the Office for Lay Ministry will serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board. The Vicar for Clergy and/ or the Director of Priest and Lay Ecclesial Personnel and Placement and will be invited to attend meetings of the Board as necessary.
Policies and Procedures