Father Alexander Q. Castillo
Diocese of Oakland
Assigned as follows:
- Saint Anthony Parish (Oakley, CA)
- Our Lady of Guadalupe (Fremont, CA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Alexander Q. Castillo:
Father Alexander Q. Castillo came to the United States from Costa Rica in 2008. He completed his theological studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. In 2011, he was ordained by Salvatore Cordileone, the former bishop of Oakland. He organized and directed missionaries in Costa Rica, and taught at the Serra Catechetical Institute for parents and instructors in the faith. He directed the reopening of the Escuela de Ministerios Pastorales in 2013, where he was an academic dean and taught several courses. In 2014, he was appointed as Secretary to the Bishop and Episcopal Master of Ceremonies. In October 2017, Bishop Michael Barber appointed him director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization overseeing adult ministry.
According to media reports, Father Castillo had a 20-year history of known and unreported predatory behavior. He was placed in poor, Spanish speaking communities where children are less likely to report abuse. A 2019 child sex abuse lawsuit against him states, “Castilllo used his position as a priest to have unlimited access to the children. San Bernardino Church officials have known for years about Castillo’s predatory behavior, yet let him work in a parish with a school.”
In January 2019, Father Castillo was placed on leave amidst allegations that he sexually abused a minor boy. It was publicly announced in a press release, and the police were notified hours later. He fled the country, and the Diocese filed a missing persons report in February. In March, police told church officials that Castillo had been “found,” although they did not reveal his current whereabouts.
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