Assignment Record – Rev. Alfonso Madrid, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest of the New Orleans Province ordained in 1950, Madrid worked in El Paso, Mexico, New Orleans, Albuquerque and San Antonio. He died in 1982. Madrid was accused in a 2011 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of an 8- to 12-year-old altar boy in El Paso in the 1970s, and in a 2013 lawsuit of sexually abusing another 8-year-old boy at the same parish during 1974-1975. Further, Madrid is said to have "petted and kissed" a 9-year-old in San Antonio prior to his transfer to El Paso; the Jesuits are said to have known this and that Madrid was having hallucinations and a "nervous breakdown." At least 8 alleged known alleged victims.

Ordained: 1950
Died: 1982


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1950 1954         Madrid is not indexed in the Directories prior to 1955. His ordination date is per media reports.


El Paso bishop was Sidney Mattehw Metzger (1942-1978).

1959 St. Ignatius of Loyola El Paso TX 3/4, 2/3 St. Ignatius had a school with 636-383 students.
1959 1960 Escuela Pereyra Torreon Coahuila, Mexico    


New Orleans archbishop was Joseph Francis Rummel (1935-1964).

1961 Jesuit High School New Orleans LA   Jesuit High School had 998 students, all male.


Santa Fe archbishop was Edwin Vincent Byrne (1943-1963), followed by James Peter Davis (1964-1974).

1966 San Felipe de Neri Albuquerque New Mexico 4/4, 3/4 San Felipe de Neri had a school with 615-537 students.
1961 1966   Los Duranes, Albuquerque New Mexico   This was a mission of San Felipe de Neri.


San Antonio archbishop was was Robert Emmet Lucey (1941-1969), followed by Francis James Furey (1969-1979).

1970 Our Lady of Guadalupe

San Antonio

Madrid is said to have "kissed and petted" a 9-year-old child while at Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Jesuits are said to have known about the Madrid's behavior at the time, and that he was having hallucinations and "a nervous breakdown."

Between 2014 and 2019 six more people alleged abuse by Madrid as children.

TX 3/5, 2/4, 4/4

Our Lady of Guadalupe had a school with 276-284 students.



Metzger was succeeded as El Paso bishop by Patrick Fernandez Flores (1978-1979), followed by Raymundo Joseph Pena (1980-1994).

1982 Sacred Heart

El Paso

Madrid was accused in a 2011 lawsuit of sexually abusing a Sacred Heart altar boy in the 1970s, when the boy was 8- to 12-years old. His accuser said Madrid convinced his parents to allow him to be an altar boy and that the abuse would happen at the church, in the priest's car, and in the boy's home.

In 2013 a man accused Madrid of sexually abusing him as an 8-year-old boy altar boy at Sacred Heart during 1974-1975. He said the abuse occurred before and after mass and other church functions, as well as at the boy's home.

TX 3/5, 2/3, 3/4 , 3/3, 5/5, 4/6, 4/7

Sacred Heart had a school until 1973 with 75-110 boys and 68-92 girls.












Madrid died in 1982.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-1982)

Man Sues Catholic Diocese in Texas on Abuse Claims, The Star-Telegram, June 24, 2011
El Paso Priest Sued for Child Sex Abuse, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, June 26, 2011
Ex-Priest at El Paso's Sacred Heart Catholic Church Accused of Molestation, By Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times, June 28, 2011
New Orleans Jesuits Sued in Abuse Case; SNAP Responds, SNAP, June 28, 2011
Child Sexual Abuse Case Involving Now-deceased El Paso Priest Settled, By Merritt & Watson Pllc, Jesse Martinez, July 12, 2013
Settlement Reached for Boy Sexually Abused by Former Priest, KTSM, July 12, 2013
Lawsuit over Former El Paso Priest Abuse Settled, By Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times, July 14, 2013
Second Victim Comes Forward in Alleged Sexual Assault Case against Priest, By Jesse Martinez, KFOX, August 22, 2013
Another Alleged Victim of Sex Abuse by El Paso Priest Files Lawsuit, By Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times, August 24, 2013
Diocese of El Paso List, January 31, 2019
Archdiocese of San Antonio List, January 31, 2019

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This assignment record was last updated on June 19, 2019.