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Fr. Walter Johnson – Diocese of San Jose

Father Walter Johnson

Diocese of San Jose/Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

Fr. Walter Johnson Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Dead: 2018

Assignment History:

  • 1953-1956: Sacred Heart Parish (Punahou, Oahu)
  • 1956: St. Teresa’s Chinese Mission (Chicago, IL)
  • 1963: Maryknoll Mission Region in Bolivia (San Pedro, La Paz)
  • Maryknoll Mission Region in Bolivia (San Jose Obrero)
  • Parish of Cristo Rey, Cochabamba
  • Colony #1 Okinawa in Santa Cruz
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Parish (Cary, IL)
  • Director of the Centro San Jose (Harvard, IL)
  • 1988: Sts. Peter and Paul Church (Cary, IL)
  • Chaplain of St. Louise Hospital (Morgan Hill, CA)
  • Chaplain for the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master (San Jose, CA)
  • 2004: Mission St. Teresa’s (Maryknoll, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Walter Johnson:

Fr. Robert Gray was a Maryknoll priest for 64 years. Johnson worked in the Chicago Archdiocese, Bolivia, Diocese of Rockford, and San Jose, California. In 2018, he was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Rockford who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. 

Very little is known of Johnson’s activities within the church as the Diocese of Rockford has not released all information about Johnson’s assignment history. The Maryknoll Mission Archives has listed most, if not all, of Johnson’s assignment history, however, all of the dates are not provided. In addition, information about the age/gender of his alleged victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Johnson’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

Johnson was removed from ministry by the religious order in April of 1988 and then returned to ministry in September of the same year. In 1993, he was again removed from ministry by the religious order. 

In 2004, Johnson moved to Maryknoll, NY, and died in 2018.

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