Leland J. Smith: Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minor Males

Leland J. Smith


Ordained May 30, 1953 in the Diocese of Winona, Father Leland J. Smith worked at numerous parishes throughout southern Minnesota during his 40+ year career as a priest. Father Smith’s name was released by the Diocese of Winona on December 16, 2013 as part of a court-ordered public disclosure of names of priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse.

According to court documents filed December 16, 2013 by the Diocese of Winona, Father Leland Smith worked in the following parishes:

June 12, 1953 – Saints Peter and Paul, Blue Earth, MN

December 31, 1954 – Saint John, Rochester, MN

August 17, 1955 – Saint Wenceslaus, Jackson, MN

August 30, 1960 – Saint Casimir, Wells, MN

July 3, 1963 – Saint Rose of Lima, Avoca, MN and Saint Mary, Lake Wilson, MN

August 16, 1967 – Holy Trinity, Rollingstone, MN and Immaculate Conception of Mary, Oak Ridge, MN

July 15, 1975 – Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Charles, MN

June 23, 1983 – Saint Joseph, Rushford, MN and Saint Mary, Houston, MN

July 3, 1987 – Immaculate Conception, Wilson, MN

June 30, 1989 – Saint Joachim, Plainview, MN and Immaculate Conception, Kellogg, MN

July 1, 1991 – Saint Agnes, Kellogg, MN

Ministerial Status: Ministerial privileges indefinitely suspended since 1994; laicization pending in Tribunal.

Current address: Winona, MN

Click here for an assignment history according to the Official Catholic Directories for Father Leland J. Smith.