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Fr. Vincent Yzermans – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Vincent Yzermans

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Vincent A. Yzermans 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:

According to media reports, Fr. Vincent Arthur Yzermans served at many parishes in the Diocese of St. Cloud, MN. In the late 1960s, he was moved out-of-state to an IN convent, spent a year in Santa Rosa, CA in the mid-1970s, a year at St. Thomas College in Minneapolis, and later did a stint in residence at a parish in Anchorage, AK.  In 1979, Fr. Yzermans went on medical leave before returning to St. Cloud. Yzermans died in 1995 in Albuquerque, NM. Fr. Yzermans was included on a list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse released by the Diocese of Santa Rosa in January of 2019.

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 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. In 2003, Fr. Wilcox has been named in a civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse. The victim claimed he was abused by Fr. Wilcox and Fr. Donald Eagleson, another known child sexual abuser. The abuse allegedly occurred in 1971 at Moreau High School in Hayward, CA, where Fr. Wilcox worked.

According to reports released, there was another allegation against Wilcox 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 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:

In 2010, the Diocese of Monterey revoked Fr. Ron Wiecek’s priestly faculties due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Fr. Wiecek was sent to Ohio to his religious order’s headquarters, the Holy Order of the Most Precious Blood. It was alleged that, while serving as a teacher in the Diocese of Santa Rosa in the 1970s, Wiecek had spanked a young boy. No further details have 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 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 RosaBernie Ward 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:

According to media reports, in 2007, Fr. Bernie Ward was indicted for obtaining and sending child pornography over the internet. In 2008, two women publicly stated that Ward had unwelcome “sexual contact” with them when they were students at Ursuline High School in the 1970s.

Ward had been a priest of the Society of the Precious Blood from 1977-1979, became a husband and father of four, and a popular radio personality. He claimed to have had the child porn for research purposes. 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. His name is listed 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 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 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 Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Laicized: 2001

Assignment History:

  • 1964: Founded Camp St. Michael (Leggett, CA)
  • Youth Minister of Diocese of Santa Rosa
  • 1981: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Rohnert Park, CA)
  • Eugene (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • 1990-1994: St. Bernard (Eureka, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gary Timmons:

In the 1970s, a boy complained that Fr. Timmons groped him at Camp St. Michael. 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 pleads 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 Catholc 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. Gary Timmons’ name appears 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 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. 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, and Verngren died that same year.

Br. Verngren is publicly named on the Oakland Diocese’s and the Santa Rosa Diocese’s 2019 lists 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 Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1972

Removed: 2020

Assignment History:

  • Holy Cross Parish (Mesa, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jerome Stack:

Fr. Jerome “Jerry” Stack was a member of the Precious Blood Fathers since 1966 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1972. 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. In 2020, Fr. Stack was accused of child sexual abuse and was removed from ministry. 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 Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Retired: 2003

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Alfredo Sobalvarro:

Ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington DC, Fr. Alfredo Sobalvarro worked in the Santa Rosa Diocese from 1972-1976. 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 notes 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.

Fr. Wilfred L. Sheehy – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Wilfred L. Sheehy

Diocese of Santa Rosa/PallotineWilfred L. Sheehy Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1960

Retired: 1989

Died: 2014

Assignment History:

  • 1960: Holy Cross Church (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1966-1967: Pius XI High School (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1967-1989: Diocese of Santa Rosa
  • Mary’s (Arcata, CA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (Clearlake, CA)
  • Helena parish (St. Helena, CA)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe (Windsor, CA)
  • Joseph (Crescent City, CA)
  • Joseph (Middletown, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Wilfred L. Sheehy:

Ordained for the Pallotine Fathers in WI, Fr. Wilfred L. Sheehy moved to the Diocese of Santa Rosa in Summer 1966. He was accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1972-1977. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Sheehy died in 2014.

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.