Fr. Gregory Kareta (Franciscans) – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Gregory Kareta   

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957                Unknown
  • 1958-1963      St. Hedwig’s, Detroit, MI
  • 1963-1964      Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hermosa Beach, CA
  • 1964-1965      St. Josephat’s, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1966-1971      Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance, CA
  • 1971-1978      St. Paul the Apostle, Pismo Beach, CA
  • 1978-1979      Queen of Angels, Riverside, CA
  • 1979-1980      St. Joseph’s, Barstow, CA
  • 1980-1981      Queen of Angels, Riverside, CA
  • 1981-1982      Our Lady of Guadalupe, Riverside, CA
  • 1983                Unknown
  • 1984-1996      St. Paul the Apostle, Coalinga, CA
  • 1996-2002      St. Joseph’s, Avenal, CA
  • 2003                Retired (St. Joseph Cupertine Friary (Arroyo Grande, CA)
  • 2004-2005      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Kareta:

Father Gregory Kareta was a Conventual Franciscan priest. According to media reports, in 1985, he reportedly admitted that he sexually abused a child. Despite this, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles allowed him to remain in ministry. In 2002, he was criminally charged after being arrested for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. The charges were dropped in 2003. Later in 2003, he was accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy from 1973 to 1974 in the Diocese of Monterey. Father Kareta retired in 2003 and died in 2006. His name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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