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Fr. J. Patrick Foley – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father J. Patrick Foley

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Diocese of San Diego)

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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. 

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

Fr. J. Patrick Foley – Diocese of Oakland

Father J. Patrick Foley

Diocese of Oakland

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Ordained: 1973

Removed: 2010 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1974: St. Michael (San Diego, CA)
  • 1974: Our Lady of Grace (El Cajon, CA)
  • 1974-1977: University High School (San Diego, CA)
  • 1977: St. Therese (San Diego, CA)
  • 1977-1978: University of San Diego (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 (family and personal issues)
  • 1991-1994: Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento, CA) 
  • 1998-1999: Diocese of Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • 2000-2009: Unknown
  • 2010: Suspended from Ministry
  • 2011: Unknown
  • 2012: Faculties Restored (San Diego, CA)
  • 2013-2014: Unknown
  • 2015: Faculties Restored
  • 2015-2020: (Northern CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father J Patrick Foley:

Fr. J Patrick Foley was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of San Diego in 1973. He worked in parishes, campus ministry, and in high schools and colleges as a teacher. According to media reports, in 1989, he was first accused of inappropriately touching a child while he provided emergency medical care. Former Bishop Robert Henry Brom sent him for treatment at a mental health facility in Connecticut and he later returned to the ministry.

In 2010, Foley was suspended from ministry amidst another allegation that he molested two young Sacramento boys. A canonical trial resulted in an “unclear” verdict by three priests who were unable to reach a finding of any wrongdoing. In 2012, his faculties were restored. 

In 2015, Foley was once again removed from the ministry. As of 2017, he continued to work as a retreat leader, advertising himself as a preacher online.

In September 2018, he was named in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

In 2019, Foley was included the Diocese of Santa Rosa list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse, in addition to the Diocese of Sacramento list several months later. In addition, he was named on the Diocese of Oakland list.

In September 2019, he filed a lawsuit alleging the Roman Catholic Diocese published “false and defamatory material” in a “reckless disregard for the truth.” 

In 2020, Foley was included on the Diocese of Stockton list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

He currently lives in Northern California.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. J. Patrick Foley – Diocese of Sacramento

Father J. Patrick Foley

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Ordained: 1973

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)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father J Patrick Foley:

In 2010, Fr. J Patrick Foley 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 back 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 Diocese of San Diego. He had worked in parishes, campus ministry, administration, high schools, and colleges as a teacher, with a focus on missions and retreats.

Foley was included on the Diocese of San Diego 2018 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. He was also included on the Diocese of Sacramento list, Diocese of Oakland list, and the Diocese of Stockton list.

Since he was named publicly as accused on the San Diego Diocese’s list in 2018, Foley began a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego for defamation of character. No further information has been released.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento 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 Sacramento 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.