Tag: Tom Thing

Br. Tom Thing – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Brother Tom Thing

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Tom Thing Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1978: St. Anthony Seminary School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • St. Christopher (Las Vegas, NV)
  • 1982-1983: Invested/Simple Vows
  • 1983: St. Paul of the Shipwreck (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1985: 7th Street Formation House
  • 1990: St. Francis (Provo, UT)
  • 1994: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)
  • 1995: Leave of absence
  • 1996-2001: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 2001: Health sabbatical
  • 2003: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Tom Thing:

Br. Tom Thing was a member of the Franciscan Friars of California. Allegations of child sexual abuse by Thing surfaced when he was a pre-novitiate candidate at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, California. Thing was then transferred to the Diocese of Las Vegas, where allegations of abuse surfaced again when Thing worked at St. Christopher’s Elementary School in North Las Vegas in the 1980s.

At least one survivor has come forward with allegations of child sexual abuse during this time. In 2003, he returned to Old Mission San Luis Ray where he was paired with a guardian to monitor his behavior. In 2004, Thing was officially released from the Order.

In 2011, a civil suit was filed against Thing in Las Vegas, alleging that he sexually abused a 7th-grade boy at St. Christopher Elementary School. From 2010 to 2011, it was reported that Thing was the director of student life at Rosemead Buddhist University. While at Rosemead Buddhist University, Thing allegedly had a relationship with a younger student.

Thing was named in civil lawsuits filed in 1995, 2004, and 2011. Thing has been living in Whittier, California, since 2017. He is listed on the Diocese of Las Vegas list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor, as well as on the Diocese of Oakland 2019 list, in addition to the Province of Saint Barbara’s list.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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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Br. Tom Thing – Diocese of Oakland

Brother Tom Thing

Diocese of Oakland/Franciscans

Tom Thing Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1978: St. Anthony Seminary School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1979-1981: Unknown
  • 1982-1983: Invested/Simple Vows
  • 1983: St. Paul of the Shipwreck (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1984: Unknown
  • 1985: 7th Street Formation House
  • 1986-1989: Unknown
  • 1990: St. Francis (Provo, UT)
  • 1991-1993: Unknown
  • 1994: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)
  • 1995: Leave of absence
  • 1996-2001: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 2001: Health sabbatical
  • 2002: Unknown
  • 2003: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Tom Thing:

Br. Tom Thing was a member of the Franciscan Friars of California. Allegations of child sexual abuse by Br. Thing surfaced when he was a pre-novitiate candidate at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, California. Br. Thing was then transferred to the Diocese of Las Vegas, where allegations of abuse again surfaced when Br. Thing worked at St. Christopher’s Elementary School in North Las Vegas in the 1980s.

At least one survivor has come forward with allegations of child sexual abuse during this time. In 2003, he returned to Old Mission San Luis Ray where he was paired with a guardian to monitor his behavior. In 2004, Br. Thing was officially released from the Order.

In 2011, a civil suit was filed against Br. Thing in Las Vegas, alleging that he sexually abused a 7th-grade boy at St. Christopher Elementary School. From 2010 to 2011, it was reported that Br. Thing was the director of student life at Rosemead Buddhist University. While at Rosemead Buddhist University, Br. Thing allegedly had a relationship with a younger student.

Br. Thing was named in civil lawsuits filed in 1995, 2004, and 2011. Br. Thing has been living in Whittier, California, since 2017. He is listed on the Las Vegas Diocese’s 2019 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, as well as on the Oakland Diocese’s 2019 list and the Province’s list.

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.

Br. Tom Thing (Franciscan Friars) – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Tom Thing 

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: Unknown

Left Order: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1978      St. Anthony Seminary School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1979-1981      Unknown
  • 1982-1983      Invested/Simple Vows
  • 1983                St. Paul of the Shipwreck, San Francisco, CA); pastoral and urban ministry, Las Vegas, NV)
  • 1984                Unknown
  • 1985                7th Street Formation House (location unknown)
  • 1986                Unknown
  • 1987                Solemn Vows; San Damiano, Catechetical University
  • 1988-1989      Unknown
  • 1990                St. Francis, Provo, UT)
  • 1991-1993      Unknown
  • 1994                Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, CA)
  • 1995                Leave of Absence
  • 1996-2001      University of San Diego, Campus Ministry, San Diego, CA)
  • 2001                Health Sabbatical
  • 2002                Unknown
  • 2003                Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, CA)
  • 2004                Left order
  • 2005-2020      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Tom Thing:

Brother Tom Thing was a member of the Franciscan Friars of California. According to media reports, when he was a pre-novitiate candidate at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, allegations of child sexual abuse surfaced. He was transferred to the Diocese of Las Vegas where allegations of abuse once again surfaced when he worked at St. Christopher’s Elementary School in North Las Vegas in the 1980s. At least one survivor has alleged child sexual abuse during this time. 

In 2003, Brother Thing returned to Old Mission San Luis Ray where his behavior was monitored by a guardian. In 2004, he was officially released from the Order. From 2010 to 2011, he was the director of student life at Rosemead Buddhist University, where he had a relationship with a younger student. He was named in several civil lawsuits in 1995, 2004. A new suit filed in Nevada in 2011, alleged the child sexual abuse of a 7th-grade boy at St. Christopher Elementary School in North Las Vegas.The suit was settled in June 2012. His personnel file was released by Order. 

In 2019, his name appeared on the of Dioceses of Las Vegas and Oakland’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, as well as on the on the Province of St. Barbara Franciscans’ list. It noted child sexual abuse allegations from 1982 to 1984, reported in 1993, 2004 and 2014. As of 2017, it is believed he was living in Whittier, CA. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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