Brother Josef Prochnow
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Franciscan)
- 1964-1971: Unknown
- 1972-1978: St. Anthony’s Seraphic Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
- 1979: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1980: Unknown
- 1981: St. Anthony’s Seminary High School (Santa Barbara, CA)
- 1982-1989: Unknown
- 1990-1991: Franciscan Friars (Oakland, CA)
- 1992-1997: Unknown
- 1998-2000: Franciscan Friars Provincial Office (Santa Barbara, CA)
- 2001-2007: Unknown
- 2008-2016: San Damiano Retreat (Danville, CA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Josef Prochnow:
Br. Josef Prochnow was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1963, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Franciscan Friars and Old Mission Santa Barbara which alleged that the Franciscans constituted “an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that a sexual predator might be in their midst.” The case was settled in 2006 for more than $28 million.
In May 2019, Br. Prochnow’s name was included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It notes allegations that Father Prochnow sexually assaulted a minor between 1972 and 1975. The alleged abuse was reported to church officials in 1993. Church documents reveal additional sexual abuse allegations involving Prochnow that occurred during the 1970s and 1980s.
In June 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Oakland’s list, as well as on the Diocese of Stockton’s Revised list in November 2020.
It was last reported that Br. Prochnow was living in an Elder Care facility in California.
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