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Msgr. Brent Eagen – Diocese of San Bernardino

Monsignor Brent Eagen

Diocese of San Bernardino

Ordained: 1956

Died: 1997

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1959      Holy Rosary (San Bernardino, CA)
  • 1960-1967      San Diego College for Men (San Diego, CA)
  • 1968-1969      University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1970-1973      Boys Town of the Desert, Inc. (Banning, CA)
  • 1971-1976      Cathedral Plaza Development Corporation (La Mesa, CA)
  • 1971-1992      Mission (Basilica) San Diego De Alcala (San Diego, CA)
  • 1993-1997      University of San Diego

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Brent Eagan:

Monsignor Brent Eagan was chancellor of the San Diego Diocese from 1968 to 1989. He worked at multiple parishes which became part of the Diocese of San Bernardino when the Diocese was established in 1978. In 1993, he became the University of San Diego’s first vice president for Mission and Ministry.

According to media reports, In a 2003, civil lawsuit, Monsignor Eagen was accused of child sexual abuse in the summer of 1972, while he worked at Mission San Diego De Alcala.  The alleged abuse occurred at Nazareth House, an orphanage run by the diocese near the mission. She was 14 years old, and worked in the residence for the priests. According to the suit, Monsignor Eagen became a “father figure” to her and she began to spend more time in the residence. One day, he invited her to his private room for a talk. Instead, she said she was raped on his bed, then told never to tell anyone.

The woman also alleged prior abuse at the orphanage by a nun and a handyman, as well as later abuse by Father Robert Buchanan.  Church officials said Monsignor Eagen had an exemplary record and no previous allegations of misconduct. 

In October 1997, Monsignor Eagen died. In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file.

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