Brother Claude Riffel
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Franciscan)
- 1940-1945: St. Anthony’s (Santa Barbara, CA)
- 1945-1946: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ)
- 1955-1958: Serra High (Salem, OR)
- 1958-1968: St. Francis (Troutdale, OR)
- 1968-1968: Holy Cross (Mesilla Park, NM)
- 1968-1969: Ascension (Portland, OR)
- 1969-1974: St. Francis (Spokane, WA)
- 1974-1976: St. Anthony’s (Santa Barbara, CA)
- 1976: St. Francis (Sacramento, CA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Claude Riffel:
Claude Riffel was a Franciscan priest ordained in 1940 who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 2009, he was named in a $4M lawsuit filed against the Franciscan Friars of California, by a Portland man alleging sexual abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of Fr. Riffel.
The alleged assault occurred while Fr. Riffel served at the St. Francis Minor Seminary in Troutdale, Oregon, between 1962-1965. According to the lawsuit, Fr. Riffel, then the Dean of discipline for the school, would call the 15-year-old boy out of class on the pretext of assigning him work tasks and then would abuse him.
Sexual abuse allegations were also reported to the Santa Barbara Franciscan Friars in the years following.
Fr. Riffel died in 1977. His name is listed on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list in 2019 and on the Las Cruces Diocese’s list of Deceased Credibly Accused in 2019.
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