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Fr. James Pulskamp – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Fr. James Pulskamp

Diocese of Santa Rosa (San Francisco)

James Pulskamp Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1968

Assignment History:

  • 1968-1976: St. Andrew’s (Daly City, CA)
  • 1977-1992: Hanna Boys Center  Menlo Park, CA)
  • 1992: Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Santa, Rosa, CA)
  • 2000-2012: St. Eugene’s Church (Santa, Rosa, CA)
  • 2012-2022: Star of the Valley Catholic Church (Santa Rosa, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Pulskamp:

Father James Pulskamp worked in various parishes within the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Beginning in 1977, Fr. Pulskamp ran the Hanna Boys Center, a school and residential treatment center for vulnerable children, and then spent many years as pastor in Santa Rosa. 

In 2012, Bishop Robert Vasa announced the appointment of 22 new pastors and their assistants at parishes throughout the Santa Rosa Diocese, shaking things up in Northern California with no explanations. Fr. James Pulskamp was among them, as he was told he was being transferred from St. Eugene’s to Star of the Valley. Pulskamp commented that was a sign to “slow down.”

In 2020, California lifted the statute of limitations for civil claims against private institutions for sexual abuse of minors by its employees. As a result of the three-year “lookback” window that allows new child sex abuse lawsuits based on formerly barred claims, Fr. Pulskamp was named and accused by at least one victim. His accuser alleges that Pulskamp sexually abused him during his time at the Hanna Boys Center in the 1970s, the school he ran for 15 years.

Pulskamp did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s request for comment, but according to media reports, investigators claim that despite hundreds of new Northern California legal filings against four Bay Area priests as of June 2022, the diocese’s internal review board did not substantiate the claims against Pulskamp. Bishop Vasa stated that Pulskamp remains in ministry after an internal review board recommended no action be taken against the priest unless new details emerge in the investigation. Vasa stated that he finds it difficult to give the allegation any credence given the priest’s stellar reputation over the past 50 years. Currently, Pulskamp serves as the pastor of Star of the Valley Catholic Church and is listed as a Regent Emeritus on the Hanna Boys Center’s website.

So far, more than 200 lawsuits have been filed in Northern California accusing priests or church employees of abuse. Other new names will likely emerge by the three-year lookback window that closes on Dec. 31, 2022.

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. Vincent Yzermans – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Vincent Yzermans

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Vincent Yzermans Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 1995

Assignment History:

  • 1951-1952:  Boniface (Melrose, MN)
  • 1951-1952: St. Bernard’s (Ward Spring’s, MN)
  • 1952-1956: St. Mary’s Cathedral (St. Cloud, MN)
  • 1956-1957:  John the Baptist (Swanville, MN)
  • 1957-1962: The St. Cloud Visitor  Cloud, MN)
  • 1962-1964: Diocesan Information Bureau ( Cloud, MN)
  • 1962-1965: Second Vatican Council (Vatican City, Italy)
  • 1963-1964:  Nicholas’ (St. Nicholas, MN)
  • 1969-1975: St. Rosa’s (St. Rosa, MN)
  • 1975-1976: Diocese of Santa Rosa
  • 1976-1977:  Thomas College (St. Paul, MN)
  • 1977-1978: St. Andrew’s (Elk, River, MN)
  • 1978-1979:  Benedict’s(Anchorage, AK)
  • 1979-1984: Medical Leave
  • 1984-1988: St. Anthony’s (St. Anthony, MN)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Vincent Yzermans:

Fr. Vincent Arthur Yzermans was ordained a priest in 1951, who served at many parishes in the Diocese of St. Cloud, MN. He also served in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, was a press advisor to the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, editor of the national Catholic paper, Our Sunday Visitor, and wrote several religious books.

According to media reports, Fr. Yzermans’ name was among 33 released by the St. Cloud diocese in January 2014 of clergy accused of child sexual abuse. His name was included on the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s list in January 2019.  

Fr. Yzermans died in 1995.

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. Gordon Wilcox – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Gordon Wilcox

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Holy Cross)

Gordon Wilcox Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1984

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1960: St. George’s College (Chile)
  • 1961-1963: University of Portland (Portland, OR)
  • 1964-1970: Notre Dame High School (Niles, IL)
  • 1971-1978: Moreau High School (Hayward, CA)
  • 1979-1981: Unknown
  • 1982: University of Portland (Portland, OR)
  • 1983: Unknown
  • 1984: Moreau Seminary (Notre Dame, IN)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gordon Wilcox:

Fr. Gordon Wilcox was a member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross religious order, who served in multiple dioceses including in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 2003, he was named in a civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Wilcox and Fr. Donald Eagleson, another known child sexual abuser. The abuse allegedly occurred in 1976 at Moreau High School in Hayward, CA, where Fr. Wilcox worked.

Another allegation against Wilcox was reportedly made in 2012. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Wilcox died in 1984.

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. 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. 

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

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. James Walsh – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Fr. James Walsh

Diocese of Santa Rosa (San Francisco)

James Walsh Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1943

Died: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1960s: St. Helena Catholic Church (St. Helena, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Walsh:

Father James Walsh was ordained a priest in 1943 for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Santa Rosa when it was established in 1962. He was assigned to the St. Helena Catholic Church in the 1960s and oversaw the opening of the St. Helena Catholic School.

According to media reports, Father Walsh’s name was included on a list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse released by the Diocese of Santa Rosa in 2019. According to this list, Fr. Walsh was accused in 2005 of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in 1965 while serving at St. Helena Church. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

He died in 1993.

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 Timmons – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Gary Timmons

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Gary Timmons Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Laicized: 2001

Assignment History:

  • 1964: Founded Camp St. Michael (Leggett, CA)
  • 1968:  St. Joseph (Fortuna, CA)
  • 1969-1972: Sacred Heart (Eureka, CA)
  • 1973  Christ the King (McKinleyville, CA)
  • 1974-1976 Chaplain at California State University Humboldt – Neuman Center (Arcata, CA)
  • 1977-1981 Cathedral of St. Eugene’s (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • 1981-1990 St. Elizabeth Seton (Rohnert Park, CA)
  • 1990-1994  St. Bernard Church (Eureka, CA)
  • Youth Minister of Diocese of Santa Rosa

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gary Timmons:

Fr. Gary Timmons was ordained a priest in 1967. He served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, and was the founder of Camp St. Michael in Leggett. According to media reports, in the 1970s, a boy complained that Fr. Timmons groped him at Camp St. Michael. Fr. Timmons, along with the camp director Robert Bailey, insisted it was a misunderstanding.

In 1979, the former principal at Cardinal Newman High School told Bishop Hurley about allegations against Timmons. In 1994, a civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven plaintiffs alleging abuse by Fr. Timmons. Timmons was removed from ministry at St. Bernard’s in Eureka, CA, and sent to a church-run residential treatment program for 20 months. Criminal charges were sought but dismissed for “lack of evidence.”

In 1995, Fr. Timmons was arrested in Chicago on 17 counts of felony child sexual assault charges after three more victims came forward. At the time of his arrest, Fr. Timmons was enrolled at the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Hyde Park (Archdiocese of Chicago) to “help students become better spiritual leaders.”

Court papers state Timmons’ diary included an entry that said, “I am a child molester” and that 172 pages of notes were found in Timmons’ Chicago apartment, which included descriptions of his sexual encounters and a letter to one of his victims.

In 1996, Fr. Timmons pleaded guilty in Sonoma County to two counts of lewd conduct with teenage boys. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Timmons received another 8-year prison sentence in Humboldt County for abuse of a 12 y/o boy at St. Bernard’s Church in Eureka, CA.  According to the Megan’s Law database, Timmons was convicted of committing lewd or lascivious acts with children in 1996.

As of May 2021, multiple lawsuits are pending which accused Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa of failing to protect children from Gary Timmons.

Timmons was released from prison in 2002 after serving four years. He was laicized in 2001. In 2019, Gary Timmons’ name appeared on the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s list of accused priests and deacons who served in the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

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.

Br. Francis Verngren – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Brother Francis Verngren

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Christian Brothers)

Francis Verngren Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1936

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1937-1939: Unknown
  • 1940-1959: St. Peter’s High School and Sacred Heart High School (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1959-1969: St. Mary’s College High School (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1969-1984: St. Mary’s College High School (Napa, CA)
  • 1984: Justin-Siena High School (Napa, CA)
  • 1985-1988: Unknown
  • 1989: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Francis Verngren:

Br. Francis Verngren was a member of the Christian Brothers religious order who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 2003, a man filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Br. Verngren sexually abused him when he was a child from 1966 until 1970 while Br. Verngren was principal and head dorm resident at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. The lawsuit was settled within a few months. Verngren died in December of that same year.

Br. Verngren is publicly named on the Oakland Diocese’s and the Santa Rosa Diocese’s 2019 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of 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 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. Alfredo Sobalvarro – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Alfredo Sobalvarro

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Archdiocese of Washington DC)

Alfredo Sobalvarro Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Retired: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1972-1976: St. John’s Church (Healdsburg, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Alfredo Sobalvarro:

Fr. Alfredo Sobalvarro, a native of Guatemala, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington DC, in 1971. He briefly served as associate pastor of St. John’s Church in Healdsburg in the Diocese of Santa Rosa for four years in the 1970s. According to media reports, Fr. Sobalvarro was named publicly as accused on the Santa Rosa Diocese’s 2019 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. It noted he has been “out of ministry” since 2003.

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.