Msgr. John Coffield – Diocese of Orange

Monsignor John Coffield

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1941

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1942                St. Brendan’s Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1943                Our Lady Help of Christians Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1944-1954      Nativity Church (El Monte, CA)
  • 1955-1961      Dolores Mission (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1962-1964      Ascension Parish (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1965-1966      Absent On Leave
  • 1967-1969      On Duty Outside Diocese
  • 1970-1974      Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1975-1989      Retired
  • 1990-2005      San Felipe de Jesus Church (Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, CA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor John Coffield:

According to media reports, in December 2003, Monsignor John Coffield was named in a lawsuit filed against the Archdioceses of Los Angeles on behalf of multiple plaintiffs, one of whom accused Monsignor Coffield of sexually abusing him from 1959 to 1960, while he was a student at Dolores Mission. The alleged victim claimed Monsignor Coffield gained the trust of his parents and the abuse occurred at different places, including on the school grounds. Following the suit, another man came forward accusing Monsignor Coffield of sexually abusing him at Dolores Mission when he was a boy from 1960 to 1962. 

Monsignor Coffield was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He was believed to be living in Dana Point, California from 2000 until his death in February 2005.

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