Fr. Philip Mark Wolfe, O.F.S.: Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Minors

Fr. Philip Mark Wolfe, O.F.S.

Ordained: 1980
  • 1981-1982: Unknown
  • 1983-1984: St. Anthony Seminary, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1985: Unknown
  • 1986-1987: St. Anne, Santa Ana, CA
  • 1988-1989: St. Barbara, Santa Ana, CA
  • 1990-1993: Unknown
  • 1994: Died

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, at least three survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Philip M. Wolfe, O.F.S., a member of the Franciscan Order, between approximately 1975 and 1989. Fr. Wolfe was convicted in 1989 of sexually abusing a boy while he worked as a boys’ choir teacher at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara. He was sentenced to one year in jail and five years’ probation. The Franciscans defrocked Fr. Wolfe after his conviction. He committed suicide in 1994. Fr. Wolfe has been named in several civil lawsuits. One suit was filed in 2001 alleging Fr. Wolfe sexually abused a boy in Portland, Oregon, in approximately 1982. Fr. Wolfe was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.