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Diocese of Madison statement regarding retired priest’s arrest and court appearance; accusations of sexual abuse of a minor Print E-mail
Thursday, May. 17, 2018 -- 3:03 PM

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison offers the following brief statement, regarding the recent arrest and initial appearance in court of a retired priest of the diocese, Fr. William Nolan:

The diocese recently learned that Fr. William Nolan (64) was arrested by the Fort Atkinson police, with charges pending. Today, we were informed that he has been charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a minor (under the age of 16), as documented in the formal criminal complaint, filed today in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Upon learning of his arrest and pending charges a diocesan representative contacted the Fort Atkinson police assuring them of our full cooperation.

Simultaneously, and although Father Nolan has been retired since 2007 and does not hold any ecclesiastical office or function, Bishop Robert C. Morlino placed him on what is commonly called “administrative leave,” as required by the Essential Norms in force in the dioceses of the USA. This includes a total exclusion from any exercise of priestly ministry while the matter is pending. The diocese also began its own canonical process of investigating these allegations, and the diocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board was engaged.

Father Nolan retired from full-time ministry in the diocese in 2007, at his request. His last assignment was as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fort Atkinson, from 2002-2007. This is when and where the allegations being investigated are claimed to have taken place. They were brought directly to the civil authorities in Fort Atkinson and were only shared with Church officials as Father Nolan’s arrest was set in motion. This is the very first the diocese has heard of these accusations.

Previously Father Nolan had served at parishes in Cambridge, Janesville, Watertown, and Madison. Until the current allegations, the diocese had received no allegations of misconduct connected to any of his assignments.

The Diocese of Madison has no further information or comment to share regarding these allegations at this time. As previously stated, we will cooperate fully with those investigating the allegations and desire to allow the legal process to run its course.

We appeal to all to cooperate and respect the legal proceedings and for prayers for all affected by these very serious charges.

As always, any allegation of sexual misconduct should be brought to the attention of law enforcement officials. If allegations involve priests, deacons, or other Church personnel, regardless of when they are said to have occurred, they should also be reported to the Diocese of Madison, by way of the Sexual Misconduct Question and Reporting Line, 608-821-3162. The diocesan policies regarding sexual abuse allegations, and instructions for making a report of sexual misconduct, are available on the diocesan website:

Bishop Robert C. Morlino Schedule Print E-mail
Bishop's schedule
Thursday, May. 17, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

Friday, May 18, 2018: Present at Pope St. John Paul II Priest Training Program, Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center, Madison

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7 p.m.: Celebrate Regional Confirmation, St. Aloysius Church, Sauk City

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11 a.m.: Preside and preach at Stational Mass for Pentecost with Confirmation, St. Patrick Church, Madison

Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Diocesan Finance Council Board Meeting, Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center, Madison

Wednesday, May 23, 2018: Staff Catechesis, Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center, Madison

7 p.m.: Celebrate Regional Confirmation, St. Cecilia Church, Wisconsin Dells

Appointments 5-13-2018 Print E-mail
Sunday, May. 13, 2018 -- 2:48 PM

Msgr. James Bartylla, Vicar General, announces the following priest appointments made by Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, effective Saturday, July 14, 2018, unless otherwise specifically stated, and announced at weekend Masses of Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and May 13, 2018.

• Rev. Fr. Michael Resop, from parochial administrator, St. Stephen Parish, Clinton, remaining as pastor, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Beloit.

• Rev. Msgr. Daniel Ganshert, V.F., to pastor, St. Stephen Parish, Clinton, per canon 522, for a term of six years with the possibility of renewal, from pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Dodgeville, and from Vicar Forane of the Lafayette Vicariate Forane, due to no longer holding an office for the care of souls in the Lafayette Vicariate Forane.

• Rev. Fr. Stephen Petrica, V.F., to Vicar Forane of the Lafayette Vicariate Forane, per canon 554, remaining as pastor, St. Bernadette Parish, Ridgeway.

• Rev. Fr. Tafadzwa Kushamba, to pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Dodgeville, per canon 522, for a term of six years with the possibility of renewal, from parochial administrator, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Green Lake.

• Rev. Fr. Michelu Ragola, to parochial administrator, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Green Lake, per canon 539, as an extern priest from the Diocese of Nellore, India.

• Rev. Fr. Robert Evenson, remaining as parochial administrator, St. Maria Goretti Parish, Madison, per canon 539, as an extern priest from the Archdiocese of Seattle.

• Rev. Fr. Marcin Kordel, CRL, to a monastery novitiate in the United States, at his own request with the permission of his Superior of the Religious Institute of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, from parochial administrator, St. Faustina Parish, Pardeeville, and Holy Family Parish, Markesan.