Fr. Howard Melzer – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Howard Melzer

Diocese of San Bernardino/Sacred Heart

Howard Melzer Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2009

Assignment History:

  • 1959-1960: Sacred Heart Monastery (Hales Corners, WI)
  • 1961: St. Joseph’s Indian School (Chamberlain, SD)
  • 1962-1965: Sacred Heart Monastery (Hales Corners, WI)
  • 1966-1967: St. Joseph’s Novitiate (Baileys Harbor, WI)
  • 1968: Sacred Heart (Dupree, SD)
  • 1969-1971: Sacred Heart (Walls, MI)
  • 1972-1976: St. Cecilia (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1977-1980: St. Matthew (Corona, CA)
  • 1981-1985: St. Joseph (Brazoria, TX)
  • 1986-1988: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Franklin, WI)
  • 1989-1994: St. James (Chamberlain, SD)
  • 1995 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Houston, TX)
  • 1996-1997: St. Francis Residence (Franklin, WI)
  • 1998-2000: Christ the Redeemer (Houston, TX)
  • 2001: Unknown
  • 2002-2003: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Houston, TX)
  • 2004-2009: Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center (Franklin, WI)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Howard Melzer:

Fr. Howard Melzer was accused of sexually abusing a child from approximately 1976 to 1980. According to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Melzer was assigned to St. Matthew in Corona, California at the time of the abuse. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

The Diocese learned of the allegation in 1993 but did not inform police until 2002. Melzer was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s 2018 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Melzer died in 2009.

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