Fr. Stephen Whelan

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Editor of the Salesian Bulletin in 1997. A civil suit was filed in 2003 by a man alleging abuse, including rape, by Whelan when he was a student at Salesian High School in 1969-early 1970s. Whelan’s accuser said Bro. Sal Billante witnessed the abuse and said nothing, that he told a counselor and was then chastised and threatened by the school principal. Also, that school administrator Rev. David Purdy tried to get him to commit suicide. Whelan was still active in 8/2005. Civil trial started 7/7/2006. Jury awarded the plaintiff $600K on 7/19/2006. Whelan was removed from his position after the verdict and resided at the provincial house. CA Appeals Court upheld verdict in 8/2008. Removed from ministry. On the Oakland diocese’s list in 2019.

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