Tag: Capuchin Friars

Fr. Celestine Quinlan – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Celestine Quinlan

Diocese of Santa Rosa/Capuchins

Celestine Quinlan Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1957

Died: 1970

Assignment History:

  • 1958-1962: St. Francis of Assisi (Los Angeles, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Celestine Quinlan:

Fr. Celestine Quinlan was a member of the Capuchin’s religious order. Fr. Quinlan was named in four civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse that occurred from 1957 to 1962 while Fr. Quinlan was assigned at St. Francis of Assisi in Los Angeles. One victim stated that Fr. Quinlan also abused other altar boys and that Fr. Quinlan would rush through Mass to provide time for him to molest them.

Fr. Quinlan was transferred to Willits in San Francisco after the mothers of two alleged victims reported the abuse to church officials. According to the attorney for multiple alleged victims of Fr. Quinlan, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed that Fr. Quinlan had been sent to a reservation in Arizona to pay penance for his sins. Fr. Quinlan was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ and Santa Rosa Diocese’s lists of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He died in 1970.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Celestine Quinlan – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Celestine Quinlan

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Capuchins

Celestine Quinlan Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1957

Died: 1970

Assignment History:

  • 1958-1962: St. Francis of Assisi (Los Angeles, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Celestine Quinlan:

Fr. Celestine Quinlan was a member of the Capuchins religious order. Fr. Quinlan was named in four civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse that occurred from 1957 to 1962 while Fr. Quinlan was assigned at St. Francis of Assisi in Los Angeles. One victim stated that Fr. Quinlan also abused other altar boys and that Fr. Quinlan would rush through Mass to provide time for him to molest them.

Fr. Quinlan was transferred to Willits in San Francisco after the mothers of two alleged victims reported the abuse to church officials. According to the attorney for multiple alleged victims of Fr. Quinlan, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed that Fr. Quinlan had been sent to a reservation in Arizona to pay penance for his sins. Fr. Quinlan was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ and Santa Rosa Diocese’s lists of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He died in 1970.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Fergus Lawless – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Fergus Lawless

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Capuchin

Fergus Lawless Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1933

Died: 1961

Assignment History:

  • 1934-1951: Our Lady of Angels (Burlingame, CA)
  • 1952-1961: St. Lawrence of Brindisi (Los Angeles, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Fergus Lawless:

In 2004, Fr. Fergus Lawless was accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually abusing a child from 1952 to 1953 at St. Lawrence of Brindisi in Los Angeles. Fr. Lawless was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. The Archdiocese’s list states that Fr. Lawless is a Franciscan priest, but he is listed as a Capuchin priest in the Official Catholic Directory. Fr. Lawless died in 1961.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. David LaPierre – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father David LaPierre

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/CapuchinsDavid LaPierre HorowitzLaw

Ordained: 1969

Assignment History:

  • 1970: Unknown
  • 1971-1973: Capuchin Franciscan Fathers (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1974-1977: Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1978: St. Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge, CA)
  • 1979-1982: Capuchin Franciscan Fathers (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1983- 1988: St. Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge, CA)
  • 1989-1991: St. Francis of Assisi (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1992-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David LaPierre:

A Capuchin priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Fr. David LaPierre was accused of sexually abusing at least one child in a civil lawsuit that occurred from 1983 to 1984 at St. Francis High School in La Canada Flintridge, CA. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. LaPierre’s name was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2019 list of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. As of 2016, Fr. LaPierre was believed to be living in Cottonwood, CA. Fr. LaPierre’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

 

Fr. Roger Anderson – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Roger Anderson

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Capuchin)

Roger Anderson Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 2008 

Assignment History:

  • 1951:                St. Lawrence of Brindisi Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1952-1971:       Unknown
  • 1972-1980:      Old Mission Santa Ines (Solvang, CA)
  • 1981-Present: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Roger Anderson:

Father Roger Anderson was ordained a a Capuchin priest and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was accused of sexually abusing at least two children from 1981 to 1983 at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, California. According to a lawsuit filed by one of the victims, this victim began attending catechism classes at Ole Mission Santa Ines in 1978, and after that, became an altar boy.

In 1981, when the victim was approximately twelve years old, Fr. Anderson began sexually assaulting him. The assaults took place in, among other locations, Anderson’s office and in the confessional. The victim claims that another priest or brother walked in on an assault taking place on more than one occasion only to turn around and leave.

Fr. Anderson was included in the 2004 Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He died in 2008. From 1981 to his death, Fr. Anderson’s status as a priest, his whereabouts, and whether he had access to children are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. David LaPierre – Diocese of Orange

Father David LaPierre

Diocese of Orange/Capuchin FriarDavid LaPierre Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Assignment History:

  • 1970: Unknown
  • 1971-1973: Capuchin Franciscan Fathers (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1974-1977: Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1978: St. Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge, CA)
  • 1979-1982: Capuchin Franciscan Fathers (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1983- 1988: St. Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge, CA)
  • 1989-1991: St. Francis of Assisi (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1992-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David LaPierre:

A Capuchin priest in the Diocese of Orange, Fr. David LaPierre was accused of sexually abusing at least one child in a civil lawsuit that occurred from 1983 to 1984 at St. Francis High School in La Canada Flintridge, CA. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. LaPierre’s name was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2019 list of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. As of 2016, Fr. LaPierre was believed to be living in Cottonwood, CA. Fr. LaPierre’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Orange now have legal options due to a temporary change in California law, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Robert Harrison – Archdiocese of New York

Father Robert Harrison

Archdiocese of New York/Capuchin Franciscan

Robert Harrison Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Removed: 2014

Assignment History:

  • 1964-1965: St. Francis of Assisi Friary (Milwaukee, WI); Messmer High School (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1965-1967 St. Benedict the Moor (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1967-1971: St. Francis of Assisi Friary (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1971-1977 Carmelite Home for Boys (Wauwatosa, WI)
  • 1978: Friary (Detroit, MI)
  • 1979-1983: Priests Living Outside Capuchin Communities or Diocesan Institutions (Detroit, MI) (New York, NY)
  • 1984-1990: St. Charles Borromeo (Manhattan, NY)
  • 1991-2024: Cardinal Hayes High School (New York, NY)
  • 2015-2019: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Harrison:

In December 2014, Fr. Robert Harrison was removed from Cardinal Hayes High School in New York and suspended from public ministry after he admitted to having sexually abused ten minors during the 1970s and 1980s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Manhattan, and the Bronx, New York.

According to media reports, Harrison had been borrowing money from Cardinal Hayes High School staff members and, when questioned about it, said he needed the money to pay a victim. In 2015, Harrison was at a professional facility where he had no access to children, according to the Office of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph’s in Detroit, Michigan.

Harrison’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.

 Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of New York now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Robert Yurgel – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Robert Yurgel

Diocese of Charlotte (Capuchin Franciscans)

Robert Yurgel Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law
Ordained: 1996

Removed: 2008

Convicted: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1992:  Catholic Conference Center (Hickory, NC)
  • 1992-1993:  St. Felix Friary (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1993-1996:  Our Lady of Lourdes Friary (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1996-1997:  Immaculate Conception Friary (Bronx, NY)
  • 1997-1999:  St. Matthew’s (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1997-1999:  Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)
  • Unknown:    St. Michael’s (Gastonia, NC)
  • 1999-2001:  Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2001-2003:  Our Lady of Lourdes (Paterson, NJ)
  • 2003-2005:  Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2005-2008:  St. Mary’s Hospital (Passaic, NJ)
  • Unknown:    St. Francis (Hackensack, NJ)
  • 2006-2008:  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Passaic, NJ)
  • 2008-2009:  Immaculate Conception Friary (Bronx, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Yurgel:

According to media reports, in April 2008, the Diocese of Charlotte received abuse allegations against Father Robert Yurgel when he was arrested in Passaic, New Jersey. A man reported to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police that he had been repeatedly abused by Yurgel almost a decade earlier. Yurgel had been assigned by the New Jersey-based Capuchin Franciscans religious order to work at St. Matthew Church in Charlotte from 1997 to 1999. The abuse occurred when the victim was a 14-year-old altar boy and reportedly took place at several locations including St. Matthew and Our Lady of Consolation churches in Charlotte, North Carolina and St. Michael Church in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Yurgel was extradited to Charlotte following his arrest. In February 2009, he pleaded guilty to a felony, second-degree sexual offense, and served nearly eight years in prison. 

In 2010, the related civil lawsuit against the Capuchin Franciscans and the Charlotte diocese was settled for a total of $1.23 million. Yurgel was dismissed from the order and the clerical state in 2010. According to his most recent sex offender registry, he is residing in the Clifton, New Jersey area.

In August 2016, Yurgel was released from prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender. Records show that he moved from North Carolina and is currently living in New Jersey.

In 2019, Yurgel was included on the Diocese of Charlotte list named as being credibly accused of child sex abuse.

In December 2020, a second accuser has come forward with sexual abuse allegations against Yurgel. According to media reports, the accuser said that Yurgel abused him as a child at St. Matthew’s in Ballantyne, North Carolina in the 1990s. Reports state that the lawsuit was filed in Mecklenburg County and that the accuser was 5-7 years old when the abuse took place in 1997 and lasted about two years.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.