Fr. John H. Wadeson – Diocese of Trenton

Father John H. Wadeson (Society of the Divine Word)

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2014

Reinstated: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970                Divine Word Seminary (St. Mary’s) (Techny, IL)
  • 1971                St. Peter Claver (Ashbury Park, NJ) 
  • 1972-1973      Verbum Dei High School (Boys) (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1974                St. John the Evangelist (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1975-1978      Notre Dame High School (Riverside, CA)
  • 1979                Divine Word Seminary (Riverside, CA) 
  • 1980                Unknown 
  • 1981                Casa Guadalupe (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1982-1983      St. John the Evangelist (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1984-1986      Verbum Dei High School (Boys) (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1987-1995      St. Peter Claver (Ashbury Park, NJ)
  • 1996-2005      Unknown
  • 2006-2014      St. Charles Borromeo (San Francisco, CA)   
  • 2015-2017      On Duty Outside the Archdiocese 
  • 2018-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John H. Wadeson:

Father John H. Wadeson worked in multiple parishes in New York and Brooklyn, Trenton, New Jersey, as well as the Diocese of Portland Oregon. According to a report from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in 1992, Father Wadeson was accused of sexually abusing two children from 1973 to 1977, while he was working as a priest with the Divine Word Missionaries religious order. In February 2014, he was named in church records as a twice accused predator priest and was banned from working in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

In 2014, he was found working as priest in Guam, reportedly since at least 2000. He had identified himself as an “Australian priest of the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam, Micronesia.” The Archdiocese of Guam directory indicated he was incardinated in the archdiocese but assigned to Neocatechumenal Center in San Francisco. Following the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) exposing his past in California, he was removed from active ministry in July 2014. The archdiocese admitted knowledge of the priest’s past allegations in 2000. Father Wadeson denied all allegations. The day after his removal, he left Guam, possibly to San Francisco. The Archdiocese of San Francisco withdrew privileges later that month.

In April 2015, the Archdiocese of Agana fully reinstated Father Wadeson after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reviewed his case and said, since there was no settlement or conviction Father Wadeson was “a priest in good standing.”

“Although Fr. Wadeson has not been convicted of abuse, the fact that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has banned him from ministry is just cause for Apuron to remove the cleric immediately. We fear that Apuron is putting Guam’s children at direct risk and protecting a credibly accused predator instead of protecting his flock,” a SNAP press release stated.

Father Wadeson’s current whereabouts are unknown.

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