Fr. Lehr Barkenquest (Oblates) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Lehr Barkenquest

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1964

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  •  St. Francis de Sales High School (Toledo, OH)
  •  DeSales Catholic High School (Lockport, NY)
  •  St. Rita Parish (Clarklake, MI)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Lehr Barkenquest:

Father Lehr Barkenquest entered the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales after he graduated high school. He made his first Profession of Vows in September of 1954 and was ordained a priest in April 1964. According to media reports, in August 2019, Father Barkenquest was named in a lawsuit as having sexually abused a male student in the early to mid-1970s at St. Francis DeSales High School in Lockport, NY. His accuser claimed he told a school administrator at the time, but no action was taken. Father Barkenquest died in January 2019.

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