Fr. John J. Brenkle – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father John J. Brenkle

Diocese of Santa Rosa

John J. Brenkle Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1958

Retired: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1958-1959: San Mateo, CA
  • 1961-1971: Santa Rosa Diocese
  • 1971-1973: Mission in northern Zambia
  • 1974-1978: Eureka, CA
  • 1978-1983: Calistoga, CA
  • 1983-2013: St. Helena Catholic Church (St. Helena, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John J. Brenkle:

In 2005, Fr. John J. Brenkle was placed on a short leave of absence after a man reported that Brenkle had molested his son in 1995 when in 7th-grade. Fr. Brenkle denied the allegation. The Diocese of Santa Rosa investigated along with local police and found no wrongdoing. Brenkle was exonerated and returned to duty.

Fr. Brenkle says he has a letter from the youth saying that nothing happened. Brenkle has been serving as chairman of diocese’s Lay Review Board. He retired in 2013.

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