Statement on Rev Robert Gerl

Rev Robert Gerl, a Senior Priest of the Diocese of Lansing has had his priestly faculties removed due to a credible allegation of sexual assault of an adult male which occurred decades ago. Fr. Gerl served as a court expert for annulment cases at the Diocesan Tribunal from June, 2014 to October, 2018.

Priestly faculties are a set of permissions, granted by a diocesan bishop to a priest within that diocese, allowing the priest to publicly minister.  Among those permissions are: presiding or concelebrating at Mass; hearing confessions; witnessing marriages; baptizing; anointing the sick and dying.  Without those faculties, or permissions, a priest may not publicly minister.

If you, or anyone you know has been harmed by anyone representing the Church, contact appropriate law enforcement.  You may also contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW, by phone at 888-308-6252, or via e-mail to: