Fr. Claude Riffel

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1940
Status: Sued

Died: 01/1/1977
Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

A suit filed in 2/09 alleged abuse of a youth at St. Francis Minor Seminary in Troutdale, OR in the early 1960s. Riffel was dean of discipline for the school and would allegedly call the teenager out of class to abuse him. Also believed to have abused in Santa Barbara, CA 1941-42 and 1975-76. Died in 1977. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list 5/31/19. On the Las Cruces diocese’s list 6/24/19, where he was assigned in 1968.

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