Rev. Joseph T. Pritchard

Pritchard was accused of abuse by at least 19 children, including his nephew. Dates of the abuse range from 1956 to the late 1970s. During 2002-2003, 23 suits were filed. There were several settlements, including 10 claims in a June 2005 $21.2M settlement with SF Archdiocese and another 12 claims in a July 2005 $16M settlement. Pritchard died October 17, 1988. 

Ordained: 1948
Died: October 17, 1988



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961)

1953 St. Brendan's San Francisco CA


Pritchard worked under Rev. John M. Ryan. During 1948-1951 Rev. Eugene Shea, Assistant Director of Catholic Social Services, was in residence, and 1951-1953 Rev. Eugene Gallagher, also Assistant Director of Catholic Social Services, was in residence.

St. Brendan's had a school with 163-215 boys and 138-204 girls.
1949 1953 Diocesan Commission on Church Music        
1953 1956 Bishop O'Dowd High School Oakland CA  

Bishop O'Dowd had 278-424 boys and 286-447 girls.


Joseph Thomas McGucken replaced Mitty as archbishop (1962-1977)

1970 Serra High School for Boys

San Mateo

In 2003, Pritchard's nephew reported that he had been molested in the 1950s by his uncle, and that his mother had reported the abuse to church officials in 1959. ( Mercury News [California]
December 29, 2003)

CA   Serra High School had 695-951 students, all male.
1970 1971 St. Cyprian's Sunnyvale CA


Pastor was Rev. John T. Gallagher.

St. Cyprian's had a school with 60 boys and 73 girls.


John Raphael Quinn followed McGucken as archbishop (1977-1995)

1979 St. Martin's

San Jose

Twenty men and one women reported in 2002-2003 that Pritchard had molested them as children in the 1970s, while he was pastor of St. Martin's. Pritchard is said to have spent time in a treatment facility in the Midwest after leaving St. Martin's. (Mercury News [California]
December 29, 2003)




1/3, 1/4, 1/5

Working under Pritchard were Revs. George C. Heeg and Raymond G. Kenny 1971-1972, Rev. Felix S. Namocatcat 1972-1975, Rev. Francis McKeown 1972-1974, Rev. Cornelius M. Peelo, C.S.Sp. 1974-1978, Rev. Mervyn J. Sullivan 1975-1979, Rev. Lino Pelerzi, S.X. 1974-1979, Rev. Enzie J. Laguttuta, S.X. 1977-1978, and Rev. Louis J. Robello 1978-1979.

St. Martin's had a school with 329-250 students.


The San Jose diocese was established in 1981, splitting off from the San Francisco archdiocese. San Jose bishop was Roland Pierre DuMaine (1981-1999).

1988 St. Nicholas Los Altos CA

1/2, 1/3

In residence at St. Nicholas was Pastor Emeritus Rev. Richard K. Meade. During 1981-1983 Rev. John J. Coleman was in residence, and during 1983-1988 Rev. Phillip E. McCrillis was in residence.

St. Nicholas had a school with 263-226 students.






McCrillis accused in 2004 of having sexually abused two Jr. High School aged girls in the 1960s. (Mercury News
May 13, 2007)

1979 1988 Residential Park for the Aged Seven Oaks CA   This was a station of St. Nicholas.
1986 1988 Special Assistance Ministry Board Chairman       Pritchard died Oct. 17, 1988.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1949-1989).

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