Michael Edwin Wempe

Ordained: 1966

Michael Edwin Wempe was ordained in 1966.  From 1972 to 1995, Wempe is accused of sexually abusing 13 children.  For much of this time, Wempe was a teacher at Paraclete High School in Lancaster.  In 1987, the pastor at St. Sebastian made a written report to the Vicar for Clergy concerning Wempe’s boundary violations.  A year later, in 1988, two brothers reported buse by Wempe that had occurred 10 years earlier.  This was the first of numerous complaints against him.  He was granted early retirement and voluntarily retired at the Cardinal’s request.  Wempe’s abuse was the subject of several civil lawsuits filed in 2002 and 2003.   In 2006, Wempe was arrested, charged, and convicted of one count of abuse.  He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Father Wempe's Assignments

St. John ChrysostomInglewood, California1966
St. AndrewPasadena, California1969
St. Rose of LimaSimi Valley, California1969
St. JudeWestlake Village, California1973
Sacred HeartVentura, California1977
Paraclete High School, Lancaster and St. Mary ChurchPalmdale, California1978
St. SebastianSanta Paula, California1984
Attends Vatican II Institute (Sabbatical)1986
St. SebastianSanta Paula, California1987
Servants of the ParacleteJemez Springs, New Mexico1987
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center1988..2002
St. Ambrose1988..1998
Immaculate Heart of MaryLos Angeles, California1998..2002
Cathedral ChapelLos Angeles, California2002