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Fr. Ernest “J. Ernest” Hayes


Ordination: 1961

Notes: According to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Fr. Ernest Hayes was accused of perpetrating child sexual abuse in 1978 to 1983, 1981, and 1987. The Diocese was made aware of the allegations in 1987, but Fr. Hayes was permitted to continue working in the Diocese until his death in 1990. The allegations were not reported to police until 2002. Fr. Hayes was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.


1962-1965 St. George, Ontario, CA

1966 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Indio, CA

1967-1969 Holy Trinity, El Cajon, CA

1970 Boys’ Town of the Desert, Banning, CA

1971 Sacred Heart, Coronado, CA

1972-1974 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brawley, CA

1975-1976 St. Mel, Norco, CA

1977 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Riverside, CA

1978-1984 St. Anne, San Bernardino, CA

1985 Unknown

1986 On Educational Leave

1987 Unknown

1988-1989 Special Assignment

1988 St. Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA

1989-1990 Christ the Good Shepherd, Adelanto, CA

1990 Died