Fr. Titian Jim Miani – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

| Sep 23, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Titian Jim Miani

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Salesians)

Ordained: 1955

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1955-1957: St. Francis School (Watsonville, CA)
  • 1958-1959: St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, CA)
  • 1959-1963: Bishop Mora Salesian High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1964-1966: St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, CA)
  • 1967-1968: Salesian High School (Richmond, CA)
  • 1969-1972: Saints Peter and Paul (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1972-1981: Holy Cross (Linden, CA)
  • 1981-1985: St. Patrick’s (Angel’s Camp, CA) St. Patrick’s (Murphy, CA) Our Lady of the Sierra (Arnold, CA)
  • 1985-1993: St. Luke’s (Stockton, CA)
  • 1993:           Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Titian Jim Miani:

Fr. Titian Jim Miani was a Salesian priest was ordained a priest in 1955, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as well as in the Dioceses of Oakland, San Francisco, and Stockton. According to media reports, he has been accused of sexually abusing at least four children and has been named in at least three civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. According to Miani’s personnel file, before he was ordained in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, he sexually abused children in Brazil, Italy, and Canada.

In 1947, while still in Italy, Fr. Miani was accused of assaulting a boy during a church retreat in Perdonone. After the abuse was reported, church officials allegedly sent him to do mission work with children in Brazil. Later, he worked at St. Mary’s Home for Boys in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he was accused of sexually abusing at least three students. Between 1959 and 1963, Fr. Miani was accused of abusing two high school-aged boys while working in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

He went on to work at parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland. Fr. Miani left the Salesian order in 1974 and was incardinated into the Diocese of Stockton. In 1993, a woman reported to the Vicar for the Clergy’s office in Los Angeles that she was sexually abused by Fr. Miani in 1970 when she was in sixth grade, and that Fr. Miani continued to sexually abuse her for several years.

The Diocese of Stockton allegedly removed Fr. Miani from active ministry in 2002. In 2003, Fr. Miani was arrested and criminally charged with having sexually abused two girls in the 1960s in Bellflower. According to a 2008 lawsuit, Fr. Miani is believed to have abused more than 12 children in his two stints at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, including four siblings- a boy and three girls- whom Miani befriended after the death of their father.

Fr. Miani was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2005 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. As part of its bankruptcy proceeding, the Diocese of Stockton included Fr. Miani in its list of claimed abusers. As of 2008, Fr, Miani was believed to be living in Stockton, California.

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