Fr. John Sheahan – Diocese of Orange

Father John Sheahan

Diocese of Orange

John Sheahan Diocese of Orange Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1960 

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1965      St. Bridget of Sweden (Van Nuys, CA)
  • 1965                St. Monica Church (Santa Monica, CA)
  • 1966                St. Justin Martyr (Anaheim, CA)
  • 1967-1970      St. Irenaeus (Cypress, CA)
  • 1971-1973      Our Lady Queen of Angels (Corona Del Mar, CA)
  • 1973-1975      Absent On Sick Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Sheahan:

Father John Sheahan was ordained a priest in 1960, who served in the Diocese of Orange. According to media reports, at least four survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by him, between 1961 and 1965. At the time, he served at St. Bridget of Sweden in Van Nuys. Father Sheahan went on medical retirement in January 1976, after he underwent surgery for a brain tumor. He was excardinated into the Diocese of Orange later that year in June.

In April 2002, the Vicar for Clergy received a call from the Chaplain at California Men’s Colony West who had spoken to an inmate who claimed to have been abused by Father Sheahan at St. Bridgets in the early 1960s. In December 2003 he was named in a civil lawsuit, in which his name was spelled Sheehan.

Father Sheahan lived in Los Alamitos, California prior to his death in 2015. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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