Fr. John Shepherd – Diocese of San Jose

Father John Shepherd

Diocese of San Jose (Jesuits)

John Shepherd Diocese of San Jose Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 1991

Assignment History:

  • 1945-1948: Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose, CA)
  • 1954-1955: Ryan Preparatory Junior Seminary (Fresno, CA)
  • 1955-1956: Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1957-1958: Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1958: The Jesuit Retreat House of Los Altos (Los Altos, CA)
  • 1959-1991: Manresa Retreat House (Azusa, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Shepherd:

Fr. John Shepherd was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1951 who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of San Jose. He was assigned to Jesuit High Schools in California and Arizona until he left the Diocese in 1958. According to media reports, in 2018, his name was included on the Jesuits West Province list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Shepherd was also included on the 2018 Archdiocese of Los Angeles list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted reports of abuse that took place in 1978 and the 1980s, were received in 2007 and 2015. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims or the nature of the alleged sexual abuse is unknown. 

Fr. Shepherd died in 1991.

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