Fr. Vincent O’Neill – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Vincent O’Neill

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Vincent O’Neill Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1972

Resigned: 1996

Died: 1998

Assignment History:

  • Cardinal Newman High School (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Bernard’s Church (Eureka, CA)
  • Holy Spirit Church (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Fort Bragg, CA)
  • Philip the Apostle Church (Occidental, CA)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Windsor, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Vincent O’Neill:

Fr. Vincent O’Neill was ordained a priest in 1972, who served in multiple dioceses / parishes including in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 1996, three men reported to Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann that Fr. O’Neill sexually abused them when they were 13-year old altar boys in the 1970s. That same year, two more men came forward with allegations of sexual abuse by O’Neill. As a result, Fr. O’Neill resigned as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1996.

In 1997, it was reported that Fr. O’Neill had a brain tumor and had only weeks to live. He died in 1998. Fr. O’Neill is named on the Santa Rosa Diocese’s 2019 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

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