Fr. John Shepherd – Diocese of Fresno

Father John Shepherd

Diocese of Fresno (Jesuit)

John Shepard Diocese of Fresno Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 1991

Assignment History:

  • 1952: Alma College (Alma, CA)
  • 1953: Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA)
  • 1954-1955: Ryan Preparatory College (Fresno, CA)
  • 1956: Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1957-1958: Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1959: Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1960-1991: Manresa Retreat House (Azusa, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Shepard:

Fr. John Shepherd was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1951, who served in the Diocese of Fresno. He was assigned to different Jesuit high schools in California and Arizona. According to media reports, he was named in the 2018 Update to the Report to the People of God (Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by Priests Reported to Archdiocese of Los Angeles Since 2008.) According to the report, allegations were made to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2015 that claim Fr. Shepherd sexually abused minors in the 1970s and 1980s. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown

Shepherd died in 1991. He was included on the Jesuits West Province list of Clergy Credibly Accused in 2018.

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