A young priest at a Pewaukee Catholic Church has resigned his duties as a result of a relationship he has had with a woman.JS FaithWatch
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki said in a letter to Catholics Tuesday that Father Sean O'Connell has stepped down as administrator of Queen of Apostles Parish for failing "to exercise good judgement in a relationship he has had with an adult woman."
"Father Sean will need to address his actions and he will receive assistance in doing so," Listecki said.
No additional information was immediately available about O'Connell or the circumstances involving the relationship.
O'Connell, 32, was ordained in 2009 and has been at Queen of Apostles since 2012.
He did not leave the priesthood at this point.
A couple decades ago there was a young priest at Aquinas in La Crosse who left the priesthood to marry one of his former students.
The Archdiocese has a spotlight of him on thier website:
What is your favorite pastime? Playing 18 holes on the golf course with family and friends or reading a novel on the country of Ireland
How/when did you know God was calling you to the priesthood? During my freshman year of college at Marquette University, I began to feel this extraordinary calling to serve the people of God as a Roman Catholic priest. It was strange because this came at a time when I was not attending Sunday Mass and my prayer life was non-existent. God provided me with a wake up call, and thankfully I listened!
List three words that describe your experience in the priesthood. Humbling, Unbelievable, Love
Are you assigned to a parish? If no, what is your ministry? St. Dominic Parish, Brookfield