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Gallup Diocese lists 31 accused of ‘credible allegations’ of child sexual abuse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Diocese of Gallup has published a list of 30 priests and one lay teacher accused of “credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor” assigned to parishes in New Mexico and Arizona, according to a statement written by Bishop James Wall.

The new list marks the first time since 2005 that the diocese has identified additional priests among those accused of sexual abuse. The 2005 list identified 11 priests as “credibly accused clergy.”

The diocese filed chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy in 2012 in response to 13 lawsuits filed against the diocese by alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests who worked within the diocese from the 1950 until as recently as 2013. The bankruptcy case remains unresolved.

“The publication of these additional names does not mean that our vigilance and continued investigation ends here,” Wall wrote in a statement published with the list.

The statement urges anyone harmed by sexual misconduct of a diocese employee to contact law enforcement or call the diocese’s victim assistance coordinator at 505-906-7357.

The diocese’s website, DioceseofGallup.org, lists the clergy, the parishes where they worked and the years assigned. They are:

Fr. William Allison

Assignments to be updated

Fr. Michael Aten

Assignments to be updated

Fr. Michael Baca, OFM (Deceased)

Immaculate Conception Parish, Cuba NM (1953)

St. Joseph the Worker Parish, San Fidel NM (1961)

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Chinle AZ (1978)

Fr. George Baz

St. Joseph Parish, Winslow AZ (07/1968-09/1968)

Fr. John Boland

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Holbrook AZ (1975)

St. Philip Parish, Church Rock NM (1977)

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Page AZ (1978)

Madre de Dios Parish, Winslow AZ (1980-1983)

St. Jerome Parish, Gallup NM

St. Mary Parish, Bloomfield NM (1987)

Sacred Heart School Chaplain, Farmington NM (1994)

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Cebolleta NM (1995)

Our Lady of Light Mission, Cubero NM (1995)

St. Joseph the Worker School Chaplain, San Fidel NM (1995)

St. Paul Parish, Crownpoint NM (1999)

Risen Savior Mission, Bluewater NM (1999)

Immaculate Conception Parish, Cuba NM (2002)

Fr. James Burns

Previously Published – Assignments to be Updated

Brett Candelaria (Lay CCD Teacher)

Holy Trinity Parish, Flora Vista, NM (1991-1992)

Fr. Santino Casimano

Assignments to be Updated

Fr. Charles Cichanowicz, OFM

St. Michaels Parish, St. Michaels AZ (1980)

Christ the King Parish, Shiprock NM (1983)

Fr. David Clark, CMF

Sacred Heart, Prescott AZ (06/1960 – 07/1960)

Fr. Timothy Conlon

St. John the Baptist Parish, St. Johns AZ (11/2011 – 12/2013)

San Rafael Parish, Concho AZ (11/2011 – 12/2013)

Fr. Joseph Coutu

St. Mary Parish, Farmington NM (05/1981 – 12/1981)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Holbrook AZ (12/1981 – 1983)

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Gallup NM (1983 – 06/1984)

Fr. John Degnan (Deceased)

St. Mary, Kingman AZ (1951)

St. Cecilia, Clarksdale AZ (1952 – 1961)

St. Ann, Ash Fork AZ (1952 – 1961)

Madre de Dios Parish, Winslow AZ (06/1961 – 09/1961)

Fr. Clement Hageman

Previously Published – Assignments to be Updated

Fr. Julian Hartig

Previously Published – Assignments to be Updated

Fr. Robert J. Kirsch (Deceased)

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Flagstaff AZ (1957)

Santo Nino de Atocha Parish, Aragon NM (1958 – 1959)

St. Francis, Seligman AZ (1959 – 1962)

Madre de Dios Parish, Winslow AZ (1963 – 1964)

Fr. Bruce MacArthur

Assignments to be Updated

Fr. Douglas McNeill

Previously Published – Assignments to be Updated

Fr. Rene Messier

St. Mary Mediatrix of all Graces, Yarnell AZ (1961-1963)

St. Anne, Ashfork AZ (1963)

Fr. Lucien Meurnier (Deceased)

St. Joseph Parish, Winslow AZ (08/1972 – 06/1973)

Fr. Francis Murphy

Previously Published – Assignments to be Updated

Fr. John Newton, CPPS

St. Joseph Parish, Winslow AZ (10/1955 – 1957)

St. Peter Parish, Springerville AZ (05/1957 – 1959)

Fr. Jose Rodriguez

Previously Published – Assignments to be Updated

Fr. William Roper, CMF

Sacred Heart, Prescott AZ (1964-1965)

Fr. Conran Runnebaum, OFM (Deceased)

St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Grants NM (06/29/55 – 07/1958)

Sacred Heart Parish, Farmington NM (07/1958 – 07/1964)

St. Joseph the Worker Parish, San Fidel NM (07/1964 – 1973)

Sacred Heart Parish, Farmington NM (07/1975 – 1978)

Fr. Raul Sanchez

Madre de Dios Parish, Winslow AZ (07/1975 – 10/1976)

Chancellor, Gallup Diocese (1979 – 11/1986)

Fr. Lawrence Schreiber, OFM

St. Isabel Parish, Lukachukai AZ (1961 – 1962)

St. Michaels Parish, St. Michaels AZ (1962 – 1963)

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Defiance AZ (1963 – 1968)

Christ the King Parish, Shiprock NM (1968 – 1969)

St. Jude Parish, Tuba City AZ (1969 – 1976)

Christ the King Parish, Shiprock NM (1977 – 1981)

St. Isabel Parish, Lukachukai AZ (1981 – 1983)

St. Michaels Parish, St. Michaels AZ (1983 – 1986)

Sacred Heart Parish, Farmington NM (1986 – 1990)

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Defiance AZ (1990 – 1991)

Fr. John Sullivan

Previously Published – Assignments to be Updated

Fr. Carl Todaro

Mount St. Mary’s of the West Seminary (1951 – 1952)

Fr. David Enrique Viramontes (Deceased)

Santo Niño de Atocha Parish, Aragon NM (06/1957 – 06/1958)

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Flagstaff AZ (06/1958 – 07/1959)

St. Joseph Parish, Winslow AZ (07/1959 – 07/1960)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Holbrook AZ (07/1960 – 01/1961)

St. Pius X, Flagstaff AZ (01/1961)

Fr. Samuel Wilson (Deceased)

Church of the Nativity, Flagstaff AZ (1952)

Santo Niño de Atocha Parish, Aragon NM (08/1952 – 1957)

Church of the Nativity, Flagstaff AZ (1958)

St. John the Baptist Parish, St. Johns AZ (10/1958 – 1960)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Holbrook AZ (1961)

St. Cecelia Parish, Clarkdale AZ (07/1961 – 1962)

Immaculate Conception, Cottonwood AZ (07/1961 – 1962)

St. Francis Cabrini, Camp Verde AZ (1962 – 1964)

St. Lawrence, Humboldt AZ (1963 – 1964)

St. Joseph, Mayer AZ (1963 – 1964)

Madre de Dios Parish, Winslow AZ (08/1964 – 12/1965)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Flagstaff AZ (09/1968 – 1969)

Tolani Lake Indian, Leupp AZ (1970 – 1971)

San Rafael Parish, San Rafael NM (1972)

Our Lady of Sorrows Mission, Cebolleta NM (1973)

St. Rita Parish, Show Low AZ (1974 – 1975)

St. Catherine Parish, Cibecue AZ (1976 – 1979)

St. Anthony Parish, McNary AZ (1980)

RMCH and GIMC Hospitals; McKinley Manor, Gallup NM (1985-1986)

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