Victims Urge Outreach by Oakland/san Jose Bishops in Case of Recently Exposed Predator Priest, Again Demand Abuser Names Be Made Public

March 22, 2016

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, East Bay Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175,

In a lawsuit filed recently in the state of Texas Father Milton Eggerling was accused of child sexual abuse for the first time in public. The priest was accused of molesting an altar boy in Austin in the 1970s, beginning when the boy was 11 and continuing for five years.


The attorney for the victim, Tahira Khan Merritt, said that Eggerling, who was ordained in 1954, was a priest for a long time and likely had more victims. She also said that her client filed the lawsuit hoping that others would come forward.



Eggerling worked for many years under the supervision of the Dioceses of Oakland and of San Jose. All of the parishes in the Oakland Diocese where Eggerling worked also had attached schools.

1970-1971: Saint Felicitas, San Leandro, Diocese of Oakland

1971-1973: Corpus Christi, Piedmont, Diocese of Oakland

1979-1983: Providence Hospital, Oakland, Diocese of Oakland

1983-1984: Saint Augustine, Oakland, Diocese of Oakland

1984-1987: Our Lady of the Rosary, Palo Alto, Diocese of San Jose

1991-1993: Saint Patrick, Rodeo, Diocese of Oakland








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