Brother Bernard Connolly
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Franciscan)
- 1945-1946: Old Mission (San Luis Rey, CA)
- 1946-1948: Old Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)
- 1948-1949: Old Mission (San Miguel, CA)
- 1949-1950: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1950-1953: St. Francis Retreat (San Juan Bautista, CA)
- 1953-1958: Serra Retreat (Malibu, CA)
- 1958-1964: Ascension (Portland, OR)
- 1964: St. Francis (Spokane, WA)
- 1965-1967: Unknown
- 1968: St. Anne’s (Spokane, WA)
- 1969-1970: Unknown
- 1971-1978: St. Francis (Provo, UT)
- 1978: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
- 1979: Elected Definitor of the Province; Vocation Secretary; Editor of West Friars
- 1980: St. Anthony Seminary; Vocation Director of the Province; Promoter for SAS
- 1981: Unknown
- 1982: Director of Associate Program, Formation
- 1983-1984: Unknown
- 1985-1987: St. Anthony’s Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
- 1988: San Xavier Mission (Tucson, AZ)
- 1989-1992: Unknown
- 1993: St. Francis Retreat (San Juan Bautista, CA)
- 1994-1998: Unknown
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Bernard Connolly:
Br. Bernard Connelly (Connolly) was a member of the Franciscan Order, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 1993, a woman filed a lawsuit against Br. Connelly, alleging she was sexually abused in the early 1970s when she was a student at Marycliff High School in Spokane, WA. Br. Connelly was sent to The Institute of Living, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. He was transferred back to California in 1978. Br. Connelly died in 1999.
In 2003, another survivor came forward with a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse by Br. Connelly from 1985 to 1987, while he worked at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, CA.
In 2012, Br. Connelly’s personnel file was released to the public. Br. Connelly was included in the Diocese of Spokane’s list of admitted, proven, or credibly accused perpetrators of sexual abuse and on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct. He is also listed on the Oakland Diocese’s 2019 list and on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list in 2019, which notes reports of abuse occurring in 1960-61, 1982-84 reported 1993, 2003, 2004, and in 2014. His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 1994 until his death in 1999, is unknown.
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