Fr. Jose J. Mendez – Diocese of Orange

Father Jose Mendez

Diocese of Orange (Augustinian Recollects)

Jose Mendez Diocese of Orange Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Retired: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 1984: Unknown
  • 1985: Casa Morena (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1986-1887: San Miguel (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1988-1990: Cristo Rey (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1991-1993: St. Augustine Priory (Oxnard, CA)
  • 1994: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1995-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jose Mendez:

Fr. Jose Mendez was ordained a priest of the Augustinian Recollects in 1983, who served in the Diocese of Orange. According to media reports, he was publicly named in a civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse of a minor from 1985 to 1987, while serving at San Miguel in Los Angeles, CA.

A report from his superiors recommended that Fr. Mendez be dismissed from the order and stated that Fr. Mendez “probably should never have been professed a religious or ordained a priest.”  He left the Diocese of Orange in 1994.

Fr. Mendez admitted to fathering at least one child and was threatened with a separate paternity suit. His status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown. Fr. Mendez was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

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