The Archdiocese of New Orleans has removed Acting Deacon V.M. Wheeler from St. Francis Xavier Parish in Old Metairie due to a formal abuse allegation. Wheeler had only been ordained as a deacon and assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish for 2 years. The abuse allegation occurred 20 years ago. Wheeler is also a partner at a well-known New Orleans law firm, Chaffe McCall.
The public is urged to contact the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office if they have any other information.
Here’s the WWL TV report on this matter, Archdiocese removes deacon in Metairie church parish over abuse allegation.
For more information, see the New Orleans Advocate staff report, Metairie deacon V.M. Wheeler removed from ministry after abuse allegations.