Rev. John T. Knotek

Summary of Case: Knotek's name appeared on the Milwaukee archdiocese's 2004 list of priests restricted from ministry "due to substantiated reports of sexual abuse of a minor". He died in January 2006.

: 1938

Retired: 1988

Died: Died Jan. 8, 2006


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Samuel Alphonsius Stritch (1930-1939), followed by Moses Elias Kiley (1940-1953)

1941 St. John the Baptist Jefferson WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 159-160 students.
1941 1941 St. Joseph's Cudahy WI   This assignment is per the Milwaukee archdiocese.
1941 1941 St. Joseph Hospital West Bend WI   This assignment is per the Milwaukee archdiocese.
1941 1948 St. John the Evangelist's Milwaukee WI 2/2, 2/3  
1948 1950 Sick Leave        
1950 1950 St. Mary's Greenfield/Hales Corners WI   This assignment is per the Milwaukee archdiocese.


Kiley was succeeded by Albert Gregory Meyer (1953-1958)

1954 St. John De Nepomuc's (Bohemian) Milwaukee WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 414-445 students.


William Edward Cousins replaced Meyer (1958-1977)

1968 St. John the Baptist's Woodhull WI 1/1, 1/2  
1954 1968 St. Mary's Eldorado WI   This was a mission of St. John's in Woodhull.
1968 1972 St. James Menomonee Falls WI 1/2 Parish had a school until 1970 with 280-152 students.


Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. succeeded Meyer (1977-2002)

1988 St. Joseph's Home Kenosha WI Chaplain  


Weakland was replaced by Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009)

2003 Retired Kenosha WI  

Address given is that of Old St. Anthony's Church, per a 2011 google search.

Knotek is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory. His name appeared on the archdiocese's 2004 list of priests restricted from ministry due to substantiated reports of child sexual abuse. (Milwaukee archdiocese July 9, 2004)

Knotek died Jan. 8, 2006 at age 93. (Racine Journal Times
January 8, 2006)


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1939-2003)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on March 20, 2012

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