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Diocese of Corpus Christi Releases List of Priests Accused of Sexual Child Abuse


The Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi has released a list containing the names of priests and clergy who are credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

List of Corpus Christi Priests Accused of Sexual Child Abuse

The following information was provided by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times:

Rev. Jerome Caponi

  • Date of Birth: 9/15/1925
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/11/1960 (Order of St. Benedict)
    • Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi 1971
    • Excardinated from Diocese of Corpus Christi 1982
  • Current Status:
    • Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1982
    • Deceased 2/27/2009

Msgr. Hugh Clarke

  • Date of Birth: 12/30/1924
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 7/16/ 1950 (Dublin, Ireland)
    • Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi 8/15/1975
  • Current Status:
    • Retired 1997
    • Deceased 12/16/2002

Rev. William Daly

  • Date of Birth: 4/21/1924
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/17/1957 (Ordained in Dublin, Ireland for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
  • Current Status:
    • Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1971
    • Deceased 11/9/1982

Rev. Domingo De Llano

  • Date of Birth: 10/19/1939
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 5/28/1966 (Ordained in Laredo, TX for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
  • Current Status:
    • Retired 1999
    • Deceased 5/4/2013

Rev. Steven T. Dougherty

  • Date of Birth:10/11/1956
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/14/2003 (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity)
    • Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi 7/8/2008
  • Current Status:
    • Removed from ministry 12/16/2011
    • Criminal conviction: 2/28/2018

Rev. John J. Feminelli

  • Date of Birth:10/12/1946
    • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/6/1987 (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Current Status:
    • Retired 4/16/2007

Rev. Adelhard M. Francois

  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 2/24/1935, Wuerzburg, Bavaria (Mariannhill Missionary Society)
    • Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi: 1/14/1950
  • Current Status:
    • Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1959

Rev. J. Frank Gomez

  • Date of Birth:10/28/1928
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 5/27/1961 (Corpus Christi, TX)
    • Excardinated from Diocese of Corpus Christi 1965
  • Current Status:
    • Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1965

Rev. Clement Hageman

  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/10/1930, St. Meinrad, IN
  • Current Status:
    • Removed from ministry in Diocese of Corpus Christi April 1939
    • Deceased 7/2/1975

Msgr. Michael Heras

  • Date of Birth: 6/7/1958
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/15/1984 (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Current Status:
    • Removed from ministry 6/24/2014

Rev. Jesus Garcia Hernando

  • Date of Birth:10/7/1960
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/22/1984, Burgos, Spain
    • Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi: 1/10/1994
    • Excardinated from Diocese of Corpus Christi: 2/11/2000
  • Current Status:
    • Removed from ministry 9/15/1994

Rev. Flover Antonio Osorio Herrera

  • Date of Birth:10/7/1954
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 3/19/1985 (Diocese of Villavicencio, Meta, Columbia)
    • Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi 12/4/2003
  • Current Status:
    • Removed from ministry 10/29/2007

Rev. Peter J. Hughes

  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/10/1956 (Ordained in Carlow, Ireland for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
  • Current Status:
    • Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1963
    • Deceased 12/7/1990

Msgr. William J. Kelly

  • Date of Birth:10/11/1916
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/24/1944 (Ordained in Dublin, Ireland for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
  • Current Status:
    • Deceased 3/12/1983

Msgr. William C. Kinlough

  • Date of Birth: 8/29/1918
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/20/1943 (Ordained in Ireland for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
  • Current Status:
    • Retired 1999
    • Deceased 9/29/2000

Rev. Msgr. Thomas Meany

  • Date of Birth: 5/12/1928
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 5/31/1955 (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Current Status:
    • Retired 2004
    • Deceased 7/20/2008

Rev. Robert Trevino

  • Date of Birth:11/10/1958
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 12/28/1985 (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Current Status:
    • Removed from ministry 1995
    • Laicized 12/6/2012

Bishop Joseph V. Sullivan

  • Date of Birth: 8/15/1919
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/1/1946 (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph)
    • Episcopal ordination: 4/3/1967 (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph; Diocese of Baton Rouge)
    • Extern cleric who visited the Diocese of Corpus Christi
  • Current Status:
    • Deceased 9/4/1982

Rev. Russell Gerard Appleby, MSF

  • Date of Birth:10/3/1934
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 3/26/1966 (Missionaries of the Holy Family)
  • Current Status:
    • Removed from ministry in Diocese of Corpus Christi, September 1983

Rev. Robert J. Bedrosian, MSF

  • Date of Birth: 7/7/1937
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 3/26/1965 (Missionaries of the Holy Family)
  • Current Status:
    • Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1979
    • Left Missionaries of the Holy Family order 1982

Rev. John M. Fiala, SOLT

  • Date of Birth:10/14/1960
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/2/1984 (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity)
  • Current Status:
    • Criminal conviction (I): 5/17/12
    • Criminal conviction (II): 12/2/2014
    • Deceased 2017

Rev. Edward J. Horan, SOLT

  • Date of Birth: 3/1/1918
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/27/1987 (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity)
  • Current Status:
    • Retired 1996
    • Deceased 1997

Rev. Patrick Koch, SJ

  • Date of Birth:11/8/1927
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/12/1957 (Society of Jesus)
  • Current Status:
    • Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1966
    • Deceased 9/9/2006

Rev. Eusebio (“Chevy”) Pantoja, CMF

  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 1968 (Claretian Missionaries)
  • Current Status:
    • Removed from ministry in Diocese of Corpus Christi 1980
    • Expelled from Claretian Order 1980

Rev. Alfredo Prado, OMI

  • Date of Birth:1930
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 1958 (Oblate of Mary Immaculate)
  • Current Status:
    • Suspended 1991

Rev. Christopher Joseph Springer, CSSR

  • Date of Birth:11/7/1925
  • Ordination & Prior Status:
    • Ordination: 6/26/1952 (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer)
  • Current Status:
    • Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1971

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