The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis today announced that Fr. Mark Wehmann has agreed to take a leave of absence from active ministry. Fr. Wehmann’s clergy file recently was reviewed as a part of the comprehensive file review by an outside professional firm that currently is reviewing files of all clergy in active ministry.
This review has identified several incidents of inappropriate conduct with minors involving boundary violations. Law enforcement has been informed about most of these in the past and has determined that no criminal charges were appropriate. The archdiocese recently has informed law enforcement about the remaining incidents.
Fr. Wehmann has been serving as a pastor at St. Boniface in Minneapolis since July 2013 and until recently as a part time chaplain at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis. While on his leave of absence, Fr. Wehmann will remain pastor but will not be performing any public ministry until a final review is complete.
The archdiocese asks for prayers for all affected by this decision.