The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Support group urges Catholics to help find victims
Priest impregnated woman & now ignores his ill son
That boy, now 22, is battling brain cancer for the fourth time
The cleric has exploited others and is accused of molesting teenager
He was just suspended from Wisconsin parish with a parochial school
“He'll be reinstated unless witnesses & victims step up quickly,” group fears
The priest is also accused of
The victims' advocate will also
Hours after the story ran, Fr. Henry V. Willenborg was suspended as the head priest of his large parish in Ashland, Wisconsin (Our Lady of the Lake, 715-682-7620, http://www.ourladycc.org/About/staff.htm, www.ourladycc.org) a church with a parochial elementary school next door (715-682-7622).
For years in the 1980s, Willenborg worked at Out Lady of Angels Seminary which is now known as North Campus of Quincy University. It is here where Willenborg and Bond first met and began their relationship.Bond and SNAP worry that Willenborg may have exploited/abused other innocent girls and/or vulnerable adults in the Quincy area. Both are urging anyone with knowledge of Willenborg's misdeeds to come forward, get help, call police, protect others and start recovering.
SNAP believes church officials and church members - the Springfield Diocese, the university, the Franciscans and in the Quincy area- have a moral duty to aggressively seek out and offer help to anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Willenborg. The group also feels that the church hierarchy should use its considerable resources to beg victims and witnesses to contact law enforcement if they know or suspect Willenborg committed any crimes or misdeeds.
The group, and the mother of Willenborg's child, are skeptical that the Franciscans will try hard to substantiate the allegations that the priest also abused a teenager in high school. If that accusation is deemed "credible," according to the church's national sex abuse policy, Willenborg will not be able to function again as a priest.
Neither Willenborg nor his supervisors deny paternity. Still, Bond has had to repeatedly fight the Franciscans for child support and took them to court to force them to help pay for Nate's college. Church officials, according to the Times, have been "tightfisted" toward the family and have given the priest "no punishment."
The regional head of the Franciscans is Fr. William Spencer (314-353-3421, Provincial@ TheFriars.org, ProvincialOffice@TheFriars.org). A St. Louis lawyer who represents the Franciscans is also intimately familiar with the case: Catherine A. Schroeder (314-552-6000).
Willenborg's phone number is 715-682-7620 and his e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Until three weeks ago, he worked in the Diocese of Superior (chancery office: 715-394-0205, 715-392-2937). He also worked in St. Louis, New Orleans and the Chicago area.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests