Tag: Diocese of San Diego

Fr. Ramon Malfo – Diocese of San Diego

Father Ramon Malfo

Diocese of San Diego

Ramon Malfo Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law

Appointed: 1976

Assignment History:

  • 2010-2019: Fallbrook Apostolic Catholic Parish and School

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ramon Malfo:

Fr. Ramon Malfo was ordained a priest in 1976, who served in multiple parishes in San Diego, Oceanside, Chula Vista, Vista, Fallbrook, and Escondido in the Diocese of San Diego. Very little is known of Malfo’s activities within the church as his assignment history has not been released.

According to media reports, in June 2021, he was named in a lawsuit filed with the San Diego High Court, alleging that he sexually abused a boy in Rialto during the 1970s. A settlement through an independent compensation program established in 2019 for victims who were sexually abused as minors by parish priests in San Diego.

Malfo’s current whereabouts 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 San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

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Fr. Ramon Marrufo – Diocese of San Diego

Father Ramon Marrufo 

Diocese of San Diego

Ramon Marrufo Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1976 

Assignment History:

  •  2010-2019: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish and School (Fallbrook, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ramon Marrufo:

Fr. Ramon Marrufo was ordained a priest in 1976, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of San Diego. According to media reports, in June 2021, he was named in a lawsuit filed by a man alleging that Fr. Marrufo repeatedly sexually abused him over the course of several years starting in the 1970s when he was a young boy. The abuse started when he was in second grade in Rialto, California. The Diocese of San Diego along with the Diocese of San Bernardino and two San Bernardino County schools are listed as defendants in the lawsuit.

A separate allegation has allegedly been made against Marrufo in which the Diocese confirmed there was a settlement made through its Independent Compensation Program established in 2019.

Marrufo was last assigned to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish and School in Fallbrook, California. His 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 San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

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Fr. J. Patrick Foley – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father J. Patrick Foley

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Diocese of San Diego)

Patrick Foley Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Suspended: 2010

Removed: 2015

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1974: St. Michael (San Diego, CA)
  • 1974-1974: Our Lady of Grace (El Cajon, CA)
  • 1975-1977: University High School (San Diego, CA)
  • 1977: St. Therese (San Diego, CA)
  • 1982-1983: Blessed Sacrament (San Diego, CA)
  • 1983-1984: St. Mary Magdalene (San Diego, CA)
  • 1984-1990: St. Francis Seminary (San Diego, CA)
  • 1990-1991: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1991: Leave of Absence
  • 1991-1994: Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1994-1995: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1998-1999 Santa Rosa Diocese, CA

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father J. Patrick Foley:

Fr. J. Patrick Foley was ordained a priest in 1973 who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 2010, he was accused of the molestation of two young boys that attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, CA, in the early 1990s. Foley was suspended, but the Canonical trial in 2011 yielded an “unclear” verdict since the boys didn’t testify. The San Diego Diocese briefly restored Foley’s priestly faculties in 2012, but after a new bishop took over in San Diego, Foley was permanently removed from ministry in 2015 after another allegation of molesting a boy in the early 1990s had surfaced.

However, Foley continued to offer himself up as a priest and worked as a retreat leader online even after he left the San Diego Diocese. He had worked in parishes, campus ministry, administration, high schools, and colleges as a teacher, with a focus on missions and retreats.

Since he was named publicly as accused on the San Diego Diocese’s list in 2018, Foley filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of San Diego for defamation of character. His name was included on Diocese of Stockton 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. 

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Fr. Barry Vinyard – Diocese of San Diego

Father Barry Vinyard

Diocese of San Diego

Barry Vinyard Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2004

Retired: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1975: St. Joseph (Barstow, CA)
  • 1976: On Duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1977-1981: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Calexico, CA)
  • 1982-1983: St. John Church (Encinitas, CA)
  • 1984-1985: St. Patrick Church (Carlsbad, CA)
  • 1986: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (San Diego, CA)
  • 1987-1991: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Calexico, CA)
  • 1991-1997: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1998-2000: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Lakeside, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Barry Vinyard:

Father Barry Vinyard was ordained a priest in 1975, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of San Diego. He previously worked as a deacon at St. Joseph in Barstow in 1975. According to media reports, in 2003 a man filed a lawsuit alleging that Father Vinyard had sexually abused him from 1978 to 1979 while working at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico. Father Vinyard denied the allegations.

After the lawsuit was filed, Father Vinyard requested from the Bishop to retire in January 2004. The Diocese of San Diego revoked his faculties. He was referred to as the first actively serving priest in the diocese to be named in a lawsuit.

Father Vinyard was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. His personnel file was released in October 2010. As of 2016, he was believed to be living in San Diego. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

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Fr. William Valverde – Diocese of San Diego

Father William Valverde

Diocese of San Diego

William Valverde Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law 

Ordained: 1962

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1963-1964:      Mary Star of the Sea (Oceanside, CA)
  • 1965:                Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Indio, CA)
  • 1966:                St. Mary (El Centro, CA)
  • 1967:                Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine (Riverside, CA)
  • 1968:                St. Joseph (Upland, CA)
  • 1969-1970:      St. Edward (Corona, CA)
  • 1971-1973:      St. Mary (Escondido, CA)
  • 1974-1976:      St. Ann Church (Needles, CA)
  • 1977:                City County Jail (San Diego, CA)
  • 1978-1982:      Patton State Hospital (Patton, CA)
  • 1983-1984:      On Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Valverde:

Father William Valverde was ordained a priest in 1962, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of San Diego. He helped organize community counseling centers in several towns and worked with “delinquent” youths. He left active priesthood in 1983.

According to media reports, in December 2003, Father Valverde was named in a civil lawsuit filed by two men alleging that in the mid-1970s, he had repeatedly exposed them and others to “alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and deviant sex” while they were minors at St. Ann in Needles, California. According to their attorney, four adult parishioners traveled to San Diego to meet with Bishop Leo Maher, who had jurisdiction over the San Bernardino County parish. They warned him that Father Valverde, was “out of control.” 

In March 2007, Father Valverde’s name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Through clerical errors, these 2 plaintiffs were not included in 2007 San Diego settlement and their lawsuit still existed until a settlement was reached in April 2008. 

Father Valverde was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance in 2010.

His current whereabouts 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 San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

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Fr. Victor Uboldi – Diocese of San Diego

Father Victor Uboldi

Diocese of San Diego

Victor Uboldi Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law 

Ordained: 1945

Retired: 1982

Died: 2001 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1946-1964:      Unknown
  • 1965:                Santa Anita Hospital (Lake Arrowhead, CA)
  • 1966:                St. Patrick (Carlsbad, CA)
  • 1967-1968:      Our Lady of Guadalupe (Chino, CA)
  • 1969-1970:      Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine (Riverside, CA)
  • 1971-1974:      St. Jude (San Diego, CA)
  • 1975:                Mission San Diego De Alcala (San Diego, CA)
  • 1975:                St. Anthony (San Bernardino, CA)
  • 1976-1982:      St. Mary Church (Escondido, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Victor Uboldi:

According to media reports, in February 1992, a woman filed a lawsuit alleging that Father Victor Uboldi (sometimes spelled Ubaldi) and another man, a gardener and janitor, raped and sexually abused her hundreds of times at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church over a five-year period. The alleged abuse started when she was age 12 and continued until age 17, from 1974 until 1979. After the allegations were aired in a television news broadcast, another woman came forward alleging she, too, was sexually abused as a child by Father Uboldi. She said that Father Ubaldi fondled her at the age of 12 or 13 when he came to her house to give Communion to her sick grandmother. He denied the allegations.

After his retirement due to ill health, in 1982, Father Uboldi moved to Italy. He died in 2001.

In December 2005, Father Uboldi’s lawsuit led to a federal judge upholding the constitutionality of a California law that enabled more than 1,000 people to sue the Roman Catholic Church for allegedly failing to protect them from predator priests. In March, 2007, he was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

His personnel file was released in October 2010. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

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Msgr. Matthew Thompson – Diocese of San Diego

Monsignor Matthew Thompson

Diocese of San Diego

Matthew Thompson Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1928

Retired: 1975

Died: 1976

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1929-1930:      St. Gregory of Nazianzen (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1931-1934:      St. Ignatius of Loyola, (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1935-1937:      St. Joseph’s Cathedral (San Diego, CA)
  • 1938-1939:      Our Lady of Guadalupe (Calexico, CA)
  • 1940:                Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Diego, CA)
  • 1941-1942:      Nazareth House Orphanage (San Diego, CA)
  • 1943:               St. Joseph’s (Big Bear Lake, CA)
  • 1944-1975:      St. Edward (Corona, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Matthew Thompson:

Monsignor Matthew Thompson worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the  Diocese of San Diego. According to media reports, at least two survivors have alleged that Monsignor Thompson sexually abused them as children. One man claimed he was an altar boy in the late 1950s-early 1960s when the abuse occurred. The allegations were deemed credible, and their claims against him were included in the Diocese of San Diego’s $200M settlement with survivors of child sexual abuse in 2007. 

Monsignor Thompson retired in 1975 and died October 1976. After his death, the City of Corona honored him by naming a street after him. In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. 

At the request of the Diocese of San Bernardino and sexual abuse victims, in 2009, the City of Corona changed the name of the street. In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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.

Msgr. William Spain – Diocese of San Diego

Monsignor William Spain

Diocese of San Diego

William Spain Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law 

Ordained: 1956 

Removed: 1985

Died: 1993

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1956:                St. Bernardine’s (San Bernardino, CA)
  • 1956:                Sacred Heart (Ocean Beach, CA)
  • 1957-1961:      College for Men (San Diego, CA)
  • 1962-1963:      University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1964-1969:      St. Mark (San Marcos, CA)
  • 1970-1984:      St. James Church (Solana Beach, CA)
  • 1985-1986:      Sacred Heart Church (Coronado, CA)
  • 1987-1993:      Retired
  • 1993:               Holy Trinity (Honolulu, HI)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor William Spain:

Monsignor William Spain was ordained a priest in 1956, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of San Diego. He founded St. Mark’s parish in San Marcos and was named a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, an honorary Roman Catholic order. He was the University of San Diego’s first vice president and was a member of its board of trustees from 1973 until 1984.

According to media reports, in 1985, Monsignor Spain was accused of having a cocaine addiction and engaging in a six-year sexual relationship with a young man. It was a public scandal and he was sent to a treatment center for three months and was then reassigned to a post in Coronado, California.

He retired in June 1986 due to “ill health” and moved to Hawaii, where he served as an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church. He died in July 1993.

In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

His personnel file released was released in October 2010.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

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Fr. Frank Sierra – Diocese of San Diego

Father Frank Sierra

Diocese of San Diego

Frank Sierra Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1946

Retired: 1988

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1970-1974: St. Joseph (Upland, CA)
  • 1974-1975: Our Lady of Soledad (Coachella, CA)
  • 1975-1979: St. John (Encinitas, CA)
  • 1979-1988: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Brawley, CA)
  • 1988: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Frank Sierra:

Father Frank Sierra was ordained a priest in 1946, and taught at a high school in Buenos Aires in 1951. He worked for several dioceses throughout his career, including New Mexico and the Diocese of San Diego. He retired in 1988. According to media reports, in 1994 he was accused of child sexual abuse for the first time. He was named in a civil suit that alleged the he abused girls in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. The case was settled in court.

Father Sierra was removed from ministry in 2002. He has since been named in several civil lawsuits. In 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file.

His name has been included on multiple dioceses lists of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse including Santa Fe, Las Cruces, El Paso and San Diego.

His current whereabouts 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 San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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.

Msgr. Gregory Sheridan – Diocese of San Diego

Monsignor Gregory Sheridan

Diocese of San Diego

Gregory Sheridan Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1935

Died: 1991

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1948-1949:      St. John Bosco (East Highlands, CA)
  • 1949-1954:      St. Joseph (Upland, CA)
  • 1954-1970:      St. Jude (San Diego, CA)
  • 1971-1983:      St. Peter Church (Fallbrook, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Gregory Sheridan:

Monsignor Gregory Sierra Sheridan, a native of Spain was ordained a priest of the Augustinian Recollect religious order in 1935, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of San Diego.  Before coming to San Diego as a diocean priest in 1948, he served at Christ the King in Monahans, Texas. He worked in various parishes including South Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park and Sheridan. 

According to media reports, in January 2006, a woman accused Monsignor Sheridan of sexually abusing her in 1969 when she was eight years old. In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file.

In May 2019, two more women came forward alleging that Monsignor Sheridan sexual abused them as young girls over 30 years earlier, at St. Jude’s Shrine of the West in Southcrest. The three women filed a suit against the diocese alleging that Sheridan abused them all as young girls in the 1960’s. A total of four alleged victims have come forward accusing Monsignor Sheridan of child sexual abuse.

Monsignor Sheridan retired in 1983, and returned to Spain with letter of recommendation to the Spanish diocese. He died there in February 1991.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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.