Fr. J. Patrick Foley – Diocese of Sacramento

Father J. Patrick Foley

Diocese of Sacramento/Diocese of San DiegoJ. Patrick Foley Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Removed: 2015

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1974: St. Michael (San Diego, CA)
  • 1974-1974: Our Lady of Grace (El Cajon, CA)
  • 1975-1977: University High School (San Diego, CA)
  • 1977: St. Therese (San Diego, CA)
  • 1982-1983: Blessed Sacrament (San Diego, CA)
  • 1983-1984: St. Mary Magdalene (San Diego, CA)
  • 1984-1990: St. Francis Seminary (San Diego, CA)
  • 1990-1991: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1991: Leave of Absence
  • 1991-1994: Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1994-1995: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father J Patrick Foley:

In 2010, Fr. J Patrick Foley was accused of the molestation of two young boys that attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, CA, in the early 1990s. Foley was suspended, but the Canonical trial in 2011 yielded an “unclear” verdict since the boys didn’t testify. The San Diego Diocese briefly restored Foley’s priestly faculties in 2012, but after a new bishop took over in San Diego, Foley was permanently removed from ministry in 2015 after another allegation of molesting a boy back in the early 1990s had surfaced.

However, Foley continued to offer himself up as a priest and worked as a retreat leader online even after he left the Diocese of San Diego. He had worked in parishes, campus ministry, administration, high schools, and colleges as a teacher, with a focus on missions and retreats.

Foley was included on the Diocese of San Diego 2018 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. He was also included on the Diocese of Sacramento list, Diocese of Oakland list, and the Diocese of Stockton list.

Since he was named publicly as accused on the San Diego Diocese’s list in 2018, Foley began a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego for defamation of character. No further information has been released.

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