Fr. Stephen Kain – Diocese of Fresno

Father Stephen Kain

Diocese of Fresno (Franciscan)

Stephen Kain Diocese of Fresno Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1974: SS Simon & Jude (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1974-1976: Mt. Carmel (Fresno, CA)
  • 1976-1978: SS Simon & Jude (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1978-1982: St. Anthony’s (Tigard, OR)
  • 1982-1987: St. Anthony’s Seminary High School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1988-1993: Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
  • 1993-2002: St. Boniface (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2003-2018: San Damiano Retreat (Danville, CA)
  • 2019: Elder Care Facility, CA

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Stephen Kain:

Fr. Stephen Kain was ordained a Franciscan Friars priest in 1974, who served in the Diocese of Fresno. According to media reports, he was named in a 2004 civil lawsuit alleging he assaulted at least one student while he worked at St. Anthony’s Seminary High School in Santa Barbara, CA, during the mid-1980s. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age and gender, are unknown.

In 2001, an allegation was reported that Fr. Kain sexually abused another minor while working at St. William’s in Los Altos, CA. Another priest testified that even though multiple Franciscans knew about Fr. Kain’s history of child sexual abuse before St. William’s, nothing was ever done about it. Additionally, there were never any warnings to Fr. Kain’s parishioners.

As a result of the allegations of child sexual abuse, Fr. Kain was transferred to St. Boniface in San Francisco. He was eventually removed from ministry in 1993.

Fr. Kain is named publicly on the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province 2019 list of Franciscan Friars from the St. Barbara Province with Credibly (sic) Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and on the Oakland Diocese’s 2019 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. According to the lists, reports were made in 1993, 2004, 2006, and 2008 that Fr. Kain allegedly sexually abused minors from approximately 1981 to 1987. This list also states that Fr. Kain is currently living at an Elder Care Facility in California.

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