Fr. Bernard Dabbene

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Suspended in 11/00 after found in a car with 17-year-old boy. Sentenced to 3 years probation and community service. Named in a 2003 civil suit which alleged he was part of a ring of child molesters at Salesian High School 1969-73. Allegation said to have been reported to Province in 1959 of abuse at the Salesian seminary in Richmond. Dabbene went on to be a high school teacher and principal at Salesian schools, and an official with the SF archdiocese. Allegations reported to the Diocese of Oakland (formerly part of SF archdiocese) also in 1971. Lived at the Salesian provincial headquarters for years. Died 9/9/10. On the Oakland diocese’s list in 2019.


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