Father Sofronio (Pon) Aranda
Diocese of Orange
Assigned as follows:
- 1963-1976 Philippines
- 1977-1978 St. Mary’s (Fullerton, CA)
- 1979-1981 Our Lady of Guadalupe (La Habra, CA)
- 1982-1983 Church of the Precious Blood (Banning, CA)
- 1984-1985 Our Lady of Soledad (Coachella, CA)
- 1986 St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (Trona, CA)
- 1987 Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Bernardino, CA)
- 1988-1990 St. Christopher (Moreno Valley, CA)
- 1991-1992 St. Joseph Church (Soboba Indian Reservation, CA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Sofronio (Pon) Aranda:
Father Sofronio (Pon) Aranda is a Filipino priest who is believed to have come to the United States in 1975. Diocesan records indicate that Father Aranda may have been assigned as a parish priest in Santa Ana from 1974-1975. According to the Official Catholic Directory, Father Aranda worked within Orange County until 1981. He then transferred to the Diocese of San Bernardino where he continued to serve for the next eight years.
After leaving San Bernardino, Father Aranda worked in Texas, where he served the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in the early 90s. He died a few years later in March 1996. At least one lawsuit was filed alleging sexual child sexual abuse. He was the subject of a $1.55M 2005 settlement with the Diocese of Orange.
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