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Fr. Ronald Luka – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Ronald Luka

Diocese of Rockville Centre, CMF

Ronald Luka Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1966- Unknown:    SUNY Farmingdale & NY Institute of Technology
  • 1970-1975:             Newman Apostolate (Garden City, NY)
  • 1975-1978:             St. Helen’s Catholic school (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)
  • 1980-1981:             Our Lady of Ransom (Niles, IL)
  • 1982:                       Nativity Catholic Church (Brandon, FL)
  • 1984-1999:             Claretian Provincial House (Oak Park, IL)
  • 1999:                       Wounded Brothers Project (Robertsville, MO)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Ronald Luka:

Fr. Ronald Luka of the Claretian Missionaries is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Luka worked at SUNY Farmingdale in Nassau County, NY, sometime between 1966-1975. The list also says that Luka abused his victim(s) at a rectory in Long Island, a Boy Scout Camp in upstate New York, a farm in upstate New York, and at his private house in upstate NY. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

In 2002, a civil lawsuit was filed by two men against Fr. Luka and the Archdiocese of Miami, alleging that they were sexually abused between 1976 and 1978 while attending St. Helen Catholic School in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. The suit accuses Luka of ingratiating himself with the boys’ families and then molesting them at his Fort Lauderdale home, during overnight religious retreats, and during a summer cross-country trip in 1978, where Luka allegedly forced the boys to watch behavior that included stripping, dancing naked, and self-stimulation.

According to the suit, the two victims were both 12 and in the sixth grade when Luka invited them separately to his house after school, where the initial abuse took place. The suit claims that Luka took one of the boys on an archdiocese-sponsored weekend retreat at a campground. Once there, the priest and the boy shared Luka’s pop-up camper, which had two beds. Fr. Luka climbed into the boy’s bed for both nights of the retreat and committed numerous acts of sexual battery and abuse.

Simultaneously, the other plaintiff in the suit claimed he was similarly abused at Luka’s home during after-school hours. The lawsuit states that there were back-scratching and massages, leading to genital fondling and masturbation. The abuse was reported to the school in 1978, and they promised to take appropriate action, but Luka was gone the next school year.

Originally from Chicago, Fr. Luka was assigned to the Claretian mission house in the Chicago area in the 1980s and 1990s and often traveled to the East Coast.

According to the lawsuit, the Claretians received their first allegation against Luka in 1999 of abuse occurring in NY state around 1979. After learning of the allegations, the Claretian Missionaries sent the priest to St. Luke’s Institute in Maryland, a church-sponsored treatment center for priests. After a 30-day treatment, it was determined that Luka be permanently removed from public ministry. Luka was then sent to live at the Wounded Brothers Project in Robertsville, MO, a halfway house for troubled priests. He’s under 24-hour supervision. 

He is also listed on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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. Ronald Luka – Diocese of St. Petersburg/Claretian

Father Ronald J. Luka

Diocese of St. Petersburg/Claretian

Ronald J. Luka

Ordained: 1963

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1966 – Unknown: SUNY Farmingdale & NY Institute of Technology
  • 1970-1975: Newman Apostolate (Garden City, NY)
  • 1975-1978: St. Helen’s Catholic school (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)
  • 1980-1981: Our Lady of Ransom (Niles, IL)
  • 1982: Nativity Catholic Church (Brandon, FL)
  • 1984-1999: Claretian Provincial House (Oak Park, IL)
  • 1999: Wounded Brothers Project (Robertsville, MO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Ronald J. Luka:

In 2002, Fr. Ronald J. Luka of the Claretian Missionaries was accused of sexually abusing several boys between 1976 and 1978 while attending St. Helen Catholic School in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. The suit accuses Luka of ingratiating himself with the boys’ families and then molesting them at his Fort Lauderdale home and then during overnight religious retreats and a summertime cross-country trip in 1978.

According to the suit, the two victims were both 12 and in the sixth grade when Luka invited them separately to his house after school, which is where the initial abuse took place. The suit claims that Luka took one of the boys on an archdiocese-sponsored weekend retreat at a campground. Once there, the priest and the boy shared Luka’s pop-up camper, which had two beds. Fr. Luka climbed into the boy’s bed for both nights of the retreat and committed numerous acts of sexual battery and abuse.

Simultaneously, the other plaintiff in the suit claimed he was similarly abused at Luka’s home during after-school hours. The lawsuit states that there were back-scratching and massages, leading to genital fondling and masturbation. The abuse was reported to the school, and they promised to take appropriate action. Luka was gone the next school year.

According to the lawsuit, the Claretians received their first allegation against Luka in 1999 of abuse occurring in NY state around 1979. After learning of the allegations, the Claretian Missionaries sent the priest to St. Luke’s Institute in Maryland, a church-sponsored treatment center for priests. After a 30-day treatment, it was determined that Luka be permanently removed from public ministry. Luka was then sent to live at the Wounded Brothers Project in Robertsville, MO, a halfway house for troubled priests. He’s under 24-hour supervision. 

Fr. Luka is also listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Luka worked at SUNY Farmingdale in Nassau County, NY, sometime between 1966-1975. The list also says that Luka abused his victim(s) at a rectory in Long Island, a Boy Scout Camp in upstate New York, a farm in upstate New York, and at his private house in upstate NY. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, 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 St. Petersburg in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Jose Luis Contreras – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Jose Luis Contreras

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Claretians)

Jose Luis Contreras Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 1987

Retired: 2017

Assignment History:

  • 1983-1988: Diocese of San Antonio
  • 1995-1998: Diocese of Santa Rosa
  • 1998: WA State Reformatory (Seattle, WA)
  • 1998-2000: Diocese of Santa Rosa

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jose Luis Contreras:

Fr. Jose Luis Contreras was ordained a priest in 1967, who served in multiple dioceses including in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 1987, he was accused of touching the genitals of a 17-year-old boy, who was a patient at a San Antonio, TX, hospital where Contreras was chaplain. Contreras was was sent for treatment and barred from working in San Antonio-area churches again. He celebrated 50th anniversary of ordination in a parish in Colima, Mexico in 2017, and retired later that year.

In 2019, Fr. Contreras was named on the the Archdiocese of San Antonio list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. 

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. 

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

Fr. Larry Lovell – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Larry Lovell

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Claretians)

Larry Lovell Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Removed: 1986

Laicized: 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1976-1979: Sacred Heart (Prescott, AZ)
  • 1980-1984: San Gabriel Mission (San Gabriel, CA)
  • 1985: SS. Anthony and Pius X (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1986: Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (San Gabriel, CA)
  • 1986-1990: Unknown
  • 1991: Foundation House, Villa Louis Martin, Our Lady of Lourdes Novitiate (Jemez Springs, NM)
  • 1992-2019: Prison Sentence (Florence, AZ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Larry Lovell:

Fr. Larry Lovell was ordained a priest for the Claretian religious order in 1951, and served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was accused of sexually abusing at least 11 children and has been named in at least two civil lawsuits. In 1986, Fr. Lovell was convicted of repeatedly molesting a 14-year-old at San Gabriel Mission, where he had been in charge of altar boys from 1979 to 1984. Fr. Lovell pled no contest and received three years of probation. After he was criminally convicted, Fr. Lovell was removed from ministry and sent to a New Mexico treatment center.

After being laicized in 1992, he worked as a case manager for the University of New Mexico Mental Health Center. In 2003, Fr. Lovell was arrested and criminally charged in California for sexually abusing a child under the age of 14 between 1976 and 1979 while serving as a priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Prescott, AZ, but the charges were later dismissed.

A few months later, Fr. Lovell was again accused of molesting four boys at San Gabriel Mission in California between 1980 and 1984. In March 2004, he was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of molestation of a child and sexual conduct.

As of February 2013, Father Lovell is serving a 26-year combined prison sentence after pleading guilty to more sexual abuse lawsuits in Yavapai and Maricopa counties. The former priest, married with three stepchildren since 1995, was living in New Mexico at the time of his arrest on the Arizona charges. His wife knew he had been a priest but never knew of past allegations until his arrest in 2003. Fr. Lovell was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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. Joseph Lopez – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Joseph Lopez

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Claretians)

Joseph Lopez Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Retired: 1970

Assignment History:

  • 1964-1970:      Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (San Gabriel, CA)
  • 1970:               Left Priesthood
  • 1971-Present: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Lopez:

Fr. Joseph Lopez was ordained a Claretian priest in 1963, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 1992, a Claretian Provincial informed the Vicar for Clergy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles of a woman’s allegation that Fr. Lopez sexually abused her between 1962 and 1966, while she was a student at San Gabriel Mission High School.

Fr. Lopez retired from the priesthood in 1970 and lived in San Jose for many years after. His current whereabouts are unknown. His name was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 List of Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

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.

Br. Modesto Leon – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Modesto Leon

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Claretians)

Modesto Leon Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1995

Assignment History:

  • 1996-2005: Soledad Enrichment Action (Los Angeles, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Modesto Leon:

Br. Modesto Leon was ordained in the Claretian Order in 1995, and served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 2008, he was named in a civil lawsuit, which alleged that he repeatedly sexually abused a 15-year-old boy from approximately 1996 to 1999 while on Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) retreats at Camp Unity in the Angeles National Forest. SEA was founded by parents in 1972, with Leon, and operated under the umbrella of Catholic Charities until incorporating as an independent nonprofit in 1991.  Br. Leon worked as the Incorporating Executive Director for Soledad Enrichment Action until 2005 when he resigned.

Br. Leon was listed on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. As of 2013, it was reported that Br. Leon was living in Los Angeles. His status as a priest is 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.