Tag: missionaries of the precious blood

Fr. Ron Wiecek – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Ron Wiecek

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Precious Blood)

Ron Wiecek Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Removed: 2010

Assignment History:

  • 1970s: Diocese of Santa Rosa
  • 1990-1991: Palma High School (Salinas, CA)
  • 2010: Sacred Heart (Salinas, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Ron Wiecek:

Fr. Ron Wiecek was ordained a priest of the Holy Order of the Most Precious Blood in 1971, who served in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 2010, the Diocese of Monterey recalled him to the order’s heaadquarters in Ohio after allegations surfaced of an incident some 30 years prior of Wiecek attempting to pick up a gay man. The diocese said the priest had not been informed of the allegation before allowing Wiecek to serve in the area, and chose to take action because Wiecek had not been forthcoming with the allegation.

In 1974, Fr. Wiecek was teaching at a school in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, where he had “overzealously spanked” a young boy. No further details have been released.

His name was included on the Diocese of Santa Rosa 2019 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. Bernie Ward – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Bernie Ward

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Bernie Ward Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1977

Retired: 1979

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1979: Society of the Precious Blood Province of the Pacific (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • 1978-1979: Cardinal Newman High School and Ursuline High School (Santa Rosa, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Bernie Ward:

Fr. Bernie Ward was ordained a priest in 1977, who served in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 2008, he was convicted of obtaining and sending child pornography over the internet. He was a priest of the Society of the Precious Blood from 1977-1979. Fr. Ward became a husband and father of four, and a popular radio personality. He claimed to have had the child porn for research purposes.

Fr. Ward pled guilty in 2008 to one count, and he was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. He was released from jail in 2014.

In 2008, two women publicly stated that the priest had unwelcome “sexual contact” with them when they were students at Ursuline High School in the 1970s.

Fr. Ward’s name is included on the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s 2019 list of Credibly Accused Clergy of Sexual Abuse to Minors.

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. Jerome Stack – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Jerome Stack

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Precious Blood Fathers)

Jerome Stack Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1972

Removed: 2020

Assignment History:

  • Holy Cross Parish (Mesa, CA)
  • Cardinal Newman High School (Santa Rosa, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jerome Stack:

Fr. Jerome “Jerry” Stack, a native of Whiting, Indiana, was a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood religious order since 1966. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1972, and served in the Diocese of Santa Rosa for ten years from 1971 to 1981. Over the years his ministry has included teaching high school and college, chaplaincy in a state psychiatric facility in California, and six years as secretary general of his religious congregation in Rome. He retired and moved to Mesa in 2017.

According to media reports, in 2019, an allegation that he sexually abused a child in 1979 was reported to a Religious Superior in Ohio. The Religious Community notified civil authorities, and Fr Stack was removed from active ministry in 2019. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or 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 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. Gary M. Luiz – Diocese of Oakland

Father Gary M. Luiz

Diocese of Oakland/Missionaries of the Precious BloodGary M. Luiz Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1977

Suspended: 1990

Assignment History:

  • 1978-1979: St. Barnabas (Alameda, CA)
  • 1980-1986: St. Edward’s (Newark, CA)
  • 1987-1991: St. Barnabas (Alameda, CA)
  • 1992-2008: Society of the Precious Blood (Berkeley, CA)
  • 2004: Adjutant Judicial Vicars and Canonical Consultant to the Bishop (Oakland, CA)
  • 2004: Judges (Oakland, CA)
  • 2004-2010: Defenders of the Bond (Ripon, CA)
  • 2004-2017: Defenders of the Bond (Reno, NV)
  • 2005: Councilors (Oakland, CA)
  • 2014-2017: Promoter of Justice (Reno, NV)
  • 2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gary M Luiz:

Fr. Gary M Luiz was a member of the Society of the Precious Blood religious order. According to media reports, in 2003, Luiz was named in a civil lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a young boy while serving at St. Edward Catholic Church from 1980 to 1986. The Diocese of Oakland claims they did not learn about the allegations until 1990, after which he was immediately placed on leave.

Luiz later earned a degree in Canon Law, worked in a missionary office, and worked at a Berkeley monastery as of 2005. He is on the Diocese of Oakland list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse to 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 Oakland in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in California, 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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