Monsignor William Spain
Diocese of San Diego
Assigned as Follows:
- 1956 St. Bernardine’s (San Bernardino, CA)
- 1956 Sacred Heart (Ocean Beach, CA)
- 1957-1961 College for Men (San Diego, CA)
- 1962-1963 University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
- 1964-1969 St. Mark (San Marcos, CA)
- 1970-1984 St. James Church (Solana Beach, CA)
- 1985-1986 Sacred Heart Church (Coronado, CA)
- 1987-1993 Retired
- 1993 Holy Trinity (Honolulu, HI)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor William Spain:
Monsignor William Spain had a long and distinguished career. He founded St. Mark’s parish in San Marcos and was named a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, an honorary Roman Catholic order. He was the University of San Diego’s first vice president and was a member of its board of trustees from 1973 until 1984.
According to media reports, in 1985, he was accused of having a cocaine addiction and engaging in a six-year sexual relationship with a young man. It was a public scandal and he was sent to a treatment center for three months and was then reassigned to a post in Coronado, California.
He retired in June 1986 due to “ill health” and moved to Hawaii, where he served as an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church.
He died in July 1993.
In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.
His personnel file released was released in October 2010.
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