Abuse survivors challenge Bishop Robert Vasa to "do the right thing"

For Immediate Release, February 7, 2024

Survivors and advocates have written to Bishop Robert Vasa of the Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa, asking him to release all of the information in his files on convicted child abuser Fr. Mark Kristy, as well as to order Fr. Peter Talcott not to allow Fr. Kristy to serve masses at the Talcott residence, possibly endangering any children who may be in attendance.


Fr. Kristy was ordained in 1985. He reportedly trained as a psychotherapist after his ordination. According to the Official Catholic Directory (OCD), the clergyman went to seminary at the Carmelite House of Studies in Berkeley from 1982-1984 (Diocese of Oakland) He was apparently ordained in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He worked at St. Margaret and Santa Cruz in Tucson from 1986-1993 (Diocese of Tucson). Then, he was assigned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1994-1996, where he worked at St. Therese. From 1998-2015, Fr. Kristy was living at the Carmelite House of Prayer in Oakville, in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, and was a Latin mass celebrant. He is not listed in the OCD after 2015, when he was removed from ministry.

A PDF of the letter can be found here.

CONTACT: Dan McNevin, SNAP Board of Directors Treasurer ([email protected], 415-341-6417), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Director ([email protected], 925-708-6175),   Joey Piscitelli, SNAP Northern California ([email protected], 925-262-3699), Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento Area ([email protected], 530-908-3676), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 267-261-0578), Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board of Directors President ([email protected], 814- 341-8386) 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 35 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org.)

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