Assignment Record Bro. John Moriarty, f.s.c

Summary of Case: John Moriarty joined the Midwest District of the DeLaSalle Christian Brothers in 1951. He spent his career in CA, OR and East Africa. Moriarty was accused in a 2003 law suit of abusing a 17-year-old boy in 1975-1976 at a St. Helena CA retreat house. He was known to be living as of January 2005 in MO at the Wounded Brothers Project, which was a treatment center for troubled clergy. In 2008 he was living and working in Napa CA. The 2009 Santa Rosa diocese directory shows Moriarty as on leave. Moriarty died May 9, 2013 and is buried in Napa.

First Vows : 1951
Died: May 9, 2013


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Continent Position Notes
1951           Moriarty joined the Christian Brothers in the Midwest District.


Joliet bishop was Romeo Roy Blanchette (1966-1979).

1973 LaSalle Manor Plano IL Director of Retreats LaSalle Manor was a Christian Brothers' retreat house.


Santa Rosa bishop was Mark Joseph Hurley (1969-1986).

1978 Christian Brothers' Retreat House

St. Helena

Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having molested a 17-year-old boy in 1975 and 1976 at this retreat house. The abuse is said to have begun shortly after the boy's mother died.

CA Director  
1978 1983         Moriarty is said to have been working at "The Bridge" in Berkeley and Santa Rosa CA during these years. He may also have been at St. Mary's High School in Berkeley.
Portland in Oregon Archdiocese   La Salle High School Milwaukie OR   This assignment is per, 2001
Oakland archdiocese   De La Salle Concord CA   This assignment is per news reports.


Monterey bishop was Thaddeus Anthony Shubsda (1982-1991).

1990 California State Polytechnic Institute San Luis Obispo CA Chaplain 1983-1986; Director of Campus Ministry 1986-1990  


Oakland bishop was Clarence Richard Silva (1975-2005) .

1992 St. Mary's College Moraga CA Campus Minister  
        East Africa    
1992 2009        

Moriarty is said to have been in the Russian River area of California 2000-2005. Per his order, he was starting a ministry there as of 2001. He was living in Missouri at the Wounded Brothers' Project, a treatment center for troubled clergy, as of January 2005. As of 2008, he was known to have been living at Mont La Salle in Napa, CA The 2009 Santa Rosa diocese directory shows him as on leave. He died May 9, 2013 and is buried in Napa.

: We have reconstructed Moriarty's assignments from the Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy and Sons, 1970-1978 and 1983-1992, 2009), from the Christian Brothers' website,, the Contra Costa Times, and the 2009 Santa Rosa diocese directory.

2001 Brothers Jubilarians,
Accountability Eluded Three Christian Brothers, By John Simerman, Contra Costa Times, January 23, 2005
Accused Clerics, Contra Costa Times, April 1, 2008
Br. John Moriary,

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This assignment record was last updated on December 5, 2014.