Fr. Don Eagleson – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Don Eagleson

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Don Eagleson Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1985

Died: 2004

Assignment History:

  • Pre-1985: Unknown (Brother of the Holy Cross)
  • 1986-1987: St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma, CA)
  • 1988-1989: Unknown
  • 1990: St. Bernard’s Church (Eureka, CA)
  • 1991-2003: Sacred Heart Church (Eureka, CA)
  • 2004: Retired, Nazareth House (San Rafael, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Don Eagleson:

Father Donald Eagleson was a Brother of the Holy Cross religious order before he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Santa Rosa in 1985. According to media reports, in April 2002, he was accused of child sexual abuse in approximately 1971 at Moreau High School in Hayward, CA, while he was teaching as a Brother.

In November 2002, another allegation of abuse occurred in 1971, and Fr. Eagleson was suspended. Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh came under attack in 2005 when he didn’t tell the parish’s congregants what happened. Fr. Eagleson died in 2004. He was named in a civil lawsuit that year, which resulted in a partial settlement in 2005. In 2019, his name appeared on the Dioceses of Santa Rosa and Oaklands’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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