Wausau Priest Resigns Amid Abuse Allegation

A Catholic priest serving two Wausau parishes is no longer in the ministry, after an allegation of “sexual misconduct” with a minor.
Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce. Photo: Diocese of La Crosse

Parishioners at several Wausau Catholic churches learned of the accusation Oct. 23 during Sunday worship services. The abuse was referred to as “sexual misconduct with a minor,” rather than “sexual abuse,” in a prepared statement from La Crosse Diocese Bishop William Callahan, when shared with congregations.

Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce, who led the congregations at St. Michael and Resurrection Parishes on the city’s east side, took responsibility for the abuse, which happened several decades ago, also in a prepared statement.

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