Tag: Phil Sunseri

Fr. Phil Sunseri – Diocese of San Jose

Father Phil Sunseri

Diocese of San Jose/Jesuits

Fr. Phil Sunseri Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Dismissed: 1988

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1975: Jesuit High School (Carmichael, CA)
  • 1978-1982: Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1983-1986: Fordham Prep (Bronx, NY)
  • 1987-1988: Holy Family Church (San Jose, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Phil Sunseri:

Fr. Phil Sunseri was a Jesuit priest ordained in 1964. He was first named publicly as accused on the Diocese of San Jose 2018 list of clergy with credible allegations of sexual abuse of children. 

In 1987 and 2018, allegations that Sunseri sexually abused children were reported. The alleged abuse occurred in 1986 at St. Christopher Parish, and while he was assigned to the Holy Family Parish in 1987. He denied the allegations and dismissed them as a “misunderstanding”. One of the accusers was a then 14-year old altar boy that was abused at Holy Family Church in San Jose, California.

In 2018, Sunseri was included on the Jesuits West Province list named as being credibly accused of child sex abuse. It notes sexual abuse reported in 2018 that took place in 1986. 

Sunseri was dismissed and permanently banned from ministry in 1988. Sunseri died in 1991.

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