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Fr. Leonardo Mateo – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Leonardo Mateo

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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Ordained: 1956

Died: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1959: Cathedral (Tagbilaran City, Philippines)
  • 1959-1960: St. Vibiana’s; St. Anastasia (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1960-1965: Greenpoint Hospital (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1965-1975: Diocesan Procurator (Diocese of Tagbilaran, Philippines)
  • 1976-1977: Unknown
  • 1978-1982: Immaculate Conception (Elmhurst, IL)
  • 1982-1984: St. Petronille (Glen Ellyn, IL)
  • 1984: Diocese of Richmond, VA
  • 1985: Hines Veterans’ Hospital (Chicago, IL)
  • 1986: Unknown
  • 1987-1989: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Waukegan, IL)
  • 1990-2003: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Leonardo Mateo:

Fr. Leonard Mateo was an extern priest visiting from the Philippines who worked briefly in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to the Archdiocese, at least one survivor has come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Leonardo Mateo in 1959, while serving at St. Anastasia in Los Angeles. Fr. Mateo has been named in at least three child sexual abuse lawsuits. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Mateo was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He was also included in the Diocese of Joliet’s list of priests with credible allegation(s) of sexual abuse of minors. The list reports that two allegations of child sexual abuse were made in 1983 and 1991 against Fr. Mateo, while in Illinois. According to the Diocese, he left in 1984 and later returned to the Archdiocese of Cebu in the 1990s.

Fr. Mateo died in 2004.  In 2019, his name was added to the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse, as well as on the Diocese of Joliet Updated List.

In 2014, Fr. Mateo was named in another civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse filed by three men filed against the Joliet Diocese, stating that the abuse occurred in the 1980s.

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Fr. Leonardo Mateo – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Leonardo Mateo 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1959

Removed: 1991

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1959: Cathedral (Tagbilaran City, Philippines) 
  • 1960: St. Anastasia (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1961-1965: Greenpoint Hospital (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1966-1975: Diocesan Procurator, Diocese of Tagbilaran (Philippines)  
  • 1976: St. Patrick’s Cathedral (El Paso, TX)  
  • 1976-1979: Santa Isabel Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1978-1982: Immaculate Conception (Elmhurst, IL)   
  • 1983-1984: St. Petronille (Glen Ellyn, IL)  
  • 1985: St. Nicholas (Virginia Beach, VA)  
  • 1986: Veterans Administration Hospitals and Chaplains (North Chicago, IL)  
  • 1987-1989: Immaculate Conception B.V.M. (Waukegan, IL)
  • 1990-1991: Veterans Administration Hospitals and Chaplains (North Chicago, IL) 
  • 1992: St. Bede (Ingleside, IL)  
  • 1997-2003: Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leonardo Mateo:

Fr. Leonardo Mateo was ordained in the Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines. He arrived in the United States in 1959 and worked for many years as an extern priest throughout the country. Mateo has served in the Philipines, California, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Virginia.

According to media reports, he was accused of child sexual abuse multiple times while working in the Diocese of Tagbilaran, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Diocese of Joliet. In August 1960, he left Los Angeles to pursue studies at Fordham University.

In 2003, Mateo was named in a lawsuit alleging he sexually abused a child in 1959, while at St. Anastasia’s in Los Angeles, California. In 2004, he died in the Philippines and was named on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

In March 2013, Mateo’s name appeared on the Diocese of Joliet’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In April 2014, his personnel files were released as part of the settlement of another lawsuit filed by three men, two of whom are brothers, alleging child sexual abuse by the priest in 1980, while he worked at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst, Illinois. 

According to the suit, from 1980 to 1982, Mateo invited the children, ages of 6 through 10, out for ice cream and fast food. He also took the boys to swim at the YMCA in Elmhurst, where he allegedly repeatedly molested them in the pool or locker room. A settlement of $1.4 million was reached in August 2018.

In 2019, Mateo was named on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted his ordination year as 1956.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Leonardo Mateo – Diocese of Richmond

Father Leonardo Mateo

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1956

Left diocese: 1984

Removed: 1991

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1959      Cathedral (Tagbilaran City, Philippines)
  • 1959-1960      St. Vibiana’s and St. Anastasia’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1960-1965      Greenpoint Hospital (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1965-1975      Diocese of Tagbilaran (Philippines)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leonardo Mateo:

Father Leonardo Mateo was an extern priest from the Philippines. He arrived at the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 1959. According to media reports, he began sexually abusing children within days of his arrival. As a result, Father Mateo left L.A. in 1960 and was transferred back and forth between the US and the Philippines. 

In 1977, he arrived at the Diocese of Joliet, where allegations of child sexual abuse were made in 1983 and 1991. More allegations surfaced in Chicago, and Tagbilaran, Philippines. He was accused of molesting boys at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst. No charges were filed, on the condition he leave the parish. Despite this, he was permitted to continue to work with kids.

Father Mateo admitted to molesting boys in swimming pools. His victims said they were also abused at the movies and in the priest’s room. Fellow priests reportedly witnessed boys entering and exiting Mateo’s room, but did nothing. 

Father Mateo left the diocese in 1984 and returned to the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines. In 2003, he was named in a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse in California in 1959. 

In March 2013, Father Mateo‘s name was added to the Diocese of Joliet’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In April 2014, his personnel files were released as part of a settlement with one of his victims. Many of his victims known to the diocese were as young as 10 years old, yet he was not reported to authorities.

In April 2014, Father Mateo was named in a new civil suit alleging child sexual abuse. In September 2014, another suit was filed by three men alleging abuse in Joliet in 1980. The claim was settled in August 2018 for $1.4 million. 

In June 2019, Father Mateo‘s name was added to the Diocese of Richmond’s updated list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

faculties are revoked. He died in 2004 in the Philippines having never faced criminal charges.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.