Fr. Joseph Alzugaray – Diocese of Santa Rosa

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Joseph Alzugaray

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Ordained: 1967

Retired: 2011

Died: 2014

Assignment History:

  • 1967-1971: Immaculate Conception (Monrovia, CA)
  • 1972-1974: St. Finbar Church (Burbank, CA)
  • 1975: Holy Trinity (San Pedro, CA)
  • 1975: St. Bartholomew
  • 1975: Society for the Propagation of the Faith
  • 1976: Holy Name of Jesus (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1976: Catholic Big Brothers
  • 1977-1981: St. Mary Magdalen (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1977-1978: Holy Name of Jesus (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1979: St. Patrick (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1982-1983: St. Brendan (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1984: Society for the Propagation of the Faith
  • 1985: St. Kevin (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1986-1989: Unknown
  • 1990-1991: All Souls (Alhambra, CA)
  • 1992-1994: St. Martin of Tours (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1995-2010: Unknown
  • 2011-2013: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Alzugaray:

Fr. Joseph Alzugaray was ordained a priest in 1967, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 2004, he was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl in the 1960s at Immaculate Conception School in Monrovia, California. In response, Alzugaray sued the alleged survivor and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) for libel. Much of Alzugaray’s lawsuit was dismissed.

In 2009, the Diocese of Santa Rosa Review Board recommended that Msgr. Alzugaray be removed from ministry, but the request was rejected, and he remained in ministry with direct oversight responsibility for a Catholic high school. Fr. Alzugaray retired in 2011.

He was publicly named on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Alzugaray died in 2014 in Utah. His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 2011 until his death, is unknown.

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