Rev. Joseph Turner, s.d.s. aka Rev. Anselm Turner, s.d.s.

Summary of Case: Milwaukee Auxilliary Bishop Sklba wrote in 2002 that he was convinced that Turner had sexually assaulted a male parishioner of St. Pius in Wauwatosa in the 1960s. Turner was moved in 1966 from Wisconsin to Alabama. The former parishioner was serving a life sentence in prison in 2002. Turner died in 2001.

: 1958

Died: 2001


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Sacramento bishop was Joseph Thomas McGucken (1957-1962)

1959 St. Pius X Seminary Rio Dell CA 7/7 This was a Divine Savior/Salvatorian preparatory seminary, with 74 students. Turner's first name is "Anselm" in the Directories through 1968.


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1966 St. Pius


Bishop Sklba wrote in a 2002 letter that he was convinced that Turner was guilty of sexually assaulting a male St. Pius parishioner in the 1960s. In 2002 the former parishioner was serving a life sentence in prison. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 6, 2009)

WI 2/3, 2/4, 3/4 Parish had a school with 797-648 students.


Mobile archbishop was Thomas Joseph Toolen (1927-1969)

1968? St. Joseph's Mission Huntsville AL 2/2

Parish had a school with 129 boys and 135 girls.

Turner is indexed as at St. Joseph's in the 1968 Directory, but is not listed as there in the Mobile diocesan pages.


Military Ordinariate bishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983)

1978 U.S. Army     Chaplain

Turner is first referred to as "Joseph" rather than "Anselm" in the 1969 Directory, and from then on.

Turner was forced to leave the Army, which was army policy if someone was passed over for promotion twice. He had served in Vietnam as well as state side. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin]
July 19, 2001)

1978 1979         Turner is not indexed in the 1979 Directory.


Philadelphia archbishop was John Joseph Krol (1961-1988), followed by Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1987-2003)

1989   Havertown PA Per Turner's obituary, after his discharge from the Army he earned a Master's Degree in Social Work. He worked as a licensed private social worker at a nursing home, and at a boys' home in Philadelphia. The 1978-1989 Directories index Turner as at the Salvatorian Provincial residence in Milwaukee WI. However, he is listed in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages under "Priests at Residences Not Listed Elsewhere" as at 26 Vernon Rd., Havertown PA.
1989 1994   Philadelphia PA   The 1990-1994 Directories index Turner as at the Salvatorian Provincial residence in Milwaukee WI. However, he is listed in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages under "Priests at Residences Not Listed Elsewhere" as at 9722 Susan Rd., Philadephia PA in the 1990-1991 Directories. The 1992-1994 Directories list him at P.O Box 6138, Philadelphia PA.


Milwaukee archbishop was Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1997 Salvatorian Provincial Residence Milwaukee WI   Turner is listed in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages for these years as at 1735 Hi Mount Blvd., which is the Salvatorian Provincial Residence.


Washington archbishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1997-2001). He was succeeded by Theodore Edgar McCarrick (2000-2006)

2001 Salvatorian Community Silver Springs MD   Turner died in Philadelphia Veterans' Hospital July 16, 2001 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin]
July 19, 2001)


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1959-2002)

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.

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy and Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.

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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 8, 2011

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