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Fr. Gregory Kareta, O.F.M. Conv.


Ordination: 1956

Notes: Fr. Gregory Kareta was a Conventual Franciscan priest. In approximately 1985, Fr. Kareta allegedly admitted that he sexually abused a child, but the Archdiocese of Los Angeles permitted him to remain in ministry. In 2003, Fr. Kareta was accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in approximately 1973 to 1974 in the Diocese of Monterey. Fr. Kareta was criminally charged in 2002 after being arrested for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. The criminal charges were dropped in 2003. Fr. Kareta was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Kareta’s whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he had access to children from 2005 until his death in 2006 are unknown.


1957-1958 Unknown

1959-1963 St. Hedwig’s, Detroit, MI

1964 Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hermosa Beach, CA

1965 St. Josephat’s, Milwaukee, WI

1966-1971 Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance, CA

1972-1978 St. Paul the Apostle, Pismo Beach, CA

1979 Queen of Angels, Riverside, CA

1980 St. Joseph’s, Barstow, CA

1981 Queen of Angels, Riverside, CA

1982 St. Thomas, Riverside, CA

1983-1984 Unknown

1985-1996 St. Paul the Apostle, Coalinga, CA

1997-2002 St. Joseph’s, Avenal, CA

2003 Unknown

2004 Retired (St. Joseph Cupertino Friary, Arroyo Grande, CA)

2005 Unknown

2006 Died