CA - 10 More Accused Abusive Priests To Be Publicly Disclosed in Northern California
In Unusual Move, Victims Name Alleged Molesters on Web Site
One Man Just Settled His Civil Sex Abuse Lawsuit for Seven Figure Sum
SNAP to California Bishops, " Protect Kids, Not Abusers"
Holding posters naming accused child molesters, clergy sexual abuse victims will publicly disclose the names of ten current and former Northern California priests who have been or will soon be accused of sexual crimes in civil lawsuits. Most, if not all, of the names have not been publicly exposed until today.
They will also urge church leaders to:
- "come clean" now and release the names of all known and suspected abusive priests immediately, before the December 31st statute of limitations deadline for victims of abuse to file lawsuits.
- include those from other dioceses who are accused and worked here temporarily.
Thursday, Dec. 18th, 1:30 p.m.
Outside the San Francisco archdiocesan chancery office, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco
Two or three adults who were molested by clergy, including one who recently reached a seven figure settlement with his perpetrator and a religious order.
They are members of a local support group, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
This list of known or suspected abusive clergy is being compiled and released publicly for the first time, and will also be posted on SNAP's website: SNAPnetwork.org
The St. Louis chapter of SNAP recently took a simiilar step, posting the names of nearly 30 clergy who had molested kids.
One of the participants is a Tuscon AZ man, Gene Reedy, who was abused as a child by Christian Brother Francis Verngren, the former principal of St. Mary's Prepatory Grammar School in Berkley in the late 1960s. Verngren died just two weeks ago, and church officials have admitted that he abused other children too. Neither Reedy nor Verngren have spoken or been identified publicly before. Reedy hopes to reach out to others who were victimized by Verngren.
The group will also quote from the Dallas Charter, enacted by all American Catholic bishops in June 2002, which promises "openness and transparency" regarding abuse.
Names of Priests in Northern California
St. Gertude, Stockton, CA
Antonio Nunoz, Stockton CA
Fred Len Czyki, St. Peters of Pacifica
Msgr. Joseph Alzugaray
Currently in ministry and assigned to St. Apollinaris Parish in Santa Rosa Diocese
Lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, CA
Teacher at St. Gabriel School, San Francisco in 1970s
San Francisco Bay Area
May still be working
Joe Guiterrez, AKA Jessie Guiterrez
Former Christian Brother, now working as psychotherapist
Vincent Ignatius Breen
In home for old priests in Seattle, WA.
Mary Grant of Long Beach, SNAP's Western Regional Director 626 419 2930
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP's National Director 314 566 9790 cell
Terri Light of Hayward, SNAP's Bay Area Coordinator 510 517 3338
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (email@example.com, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (firstname.lastname@example.org, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (email@example.com, 925-708-6175)
If you are looking to help spread the word about the importance of this summit and for survivors to be heard, add your voice to the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PBC2019. Be sure to follow SNAP on twitter and Facebook and share our posts, add your comments, and let the world know that we are watching!Learn More