Fr. James Ganahl – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father James Ganahl

Diocese of San Bernardino

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Ordained: 1956

Died: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1958: St. Vincent de Paul (San Diego, CA)
  • 1958-1959: St. Charles Borromeo (San Diego, CA)
  • 1958-1964: San Diego College for Men (San Diego, CA)
  • 1964-1967: Immaculate Heart Seminary (San Diego, CA)
  • 1967-1973: San Gorgonio (Beaumont, CA)
  • 1973-1981: St. Joan of Arc (Victorville, CA)
  • 1981-1987: St. Catherine’s (Temecula, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Ganahl:

Fr. James Ganahl served in a number of parishes in San Diego and San Bernardino counties. According to media reports, Ganahl was accused of abusing four sisters from 1961 to 1963 in San Bernardino. The sisters allege that he fondled them, kissed them inappropriately, and sexually touched them for a period of two years when they lived in Mission Hills. In 1999, they told the Diocese of San Bernardino. The Diocese of San Diego reported the incident to police in 2002, but the family chose not to pursue criminal charges then. A financial settlement was ultimately reached. 

Ganahl has been named in at least one civil lawsuit. He retired in 1987 and was removed from ministry in November 1998. 

In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file.

Ganahl died in February 2010.

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