Fr. William C. Wehrle, S.J.: Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

Fr. William C. Wehrle, S.J.

Ordained, 1950

Notes: Fr. William Wehrle, was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Wehrle was reportedly assigned to Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. prior to his ordination. Church files reveal Fr. Wehrle was accused of child sexual abuse in the mid-1980s. Following the allegation, Fr. Wehrle was reportedly removed from his assignment at St. Alphonsus in Woodstock, Maryland. Multiple allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against Fr. Wehrle in Maryland, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. beginning as early as the 1960s. Fr. Wehrle is listed on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s 2002 “List of Priests and Brothers Accused of Child Sex Abuse.” Fr. Wehrle is also listed on the Jesuits’ Maryland Province’s 2018 list of “Jesuits with an allegation of an offense against a minor (anyone under the age of 18) that could not be fully investigated to determine credibility, but for which there is a reasonable possibility (semblance of truth) that the alleged offense occurred.”

Assignments within the Archdiocese/Diocese(s) in Colorado: Denver


1950-1951 Sacred Heart, Woodstock, MD (BAL)

1951-1952 Our Lady of Martyrs, Auriesville, NY (ALB)

1952-1957 Immaculate Conception, Mechanicsville, MD (WDC); Our Lady of the Wayside, Chaptico, MD (WDC); Holy Angels, Avenue, MD (WDC); Sacred Heart, Bushwood, MD (WDC); St. Joseph’s, Morganza, MD (WDC)

1957-1960 Immaculate Conception, Mechanicsville, MD (WDC); Our Lady of the Wayside, Chaptico, MD (WDC)

1960-1966 St. Ignatius, Hilltop, MD (WDC); Sacred Heart, La Pata, MD (BAL); St. Catherine of Alexandria, McConchie, MD (WDC)

1966-1971 Holy Trinity, Washington, D.C. (WDC)

1971-1972 Jesuit Residence, Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

1972-1973 Pittsburgh Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

1973-1974 Creighton University, Omaha, NE (OM); St. Joseph Hospital, Omaha, NE (OM)

1974-1976 St. Louis, Denver, CO (DEN)

1976-1980 St. Therese, Aurora, CO (DEN)

1980-1981 St. James, Denver, CO (DEN)

1981-1982 Unknown

1982-1985 St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, Woodstock, MD; Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, MD (BAL)

1986-1993 SS. Peter and Paul, Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

1992-1995 Jesuit Community at Corpus Christi Pastoral Center, Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

1993-1995 St. Charles Lwanga, Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

1995 Died