Br. Josef Prochnow – Diocese of Oakland

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Brother Josef Prochnow

Diocese of Oakland/Franciscans

Ordained: 1963

Assignment History:

  • 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 a Franciscan priest in the Diocese of Oakland who was accused of child sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. According to media reports, Prochnow was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Franciscan Friars and Old Mission Santa Barbara. The case was settled in 2006 for more than $28 million.

The May 2019 St. Barbara Province Franciscans’ list notes revealed allegations that Prochnow sexually assaulted a minor between 1972 and 1975. The alleged abuse was reported to church officials in 1993. Prochnow was also included on the Diocese of Oakland list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Church documents reveal additional sexual abuse allegations involving Prochnow that occurred during the 1970s and 1980s.

It was last reported that Prochnow was living in an ElderCare facility in California.

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