Msgr. Patrick J. O’Keeffe: Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Msgr. Patrick J. O’Keeffe

Ordained: 1959
  • 1960-1965: St. John The Evangelist, San Diego, CA
  • 1966-1974: St. Charles Borromeo, San Diego, CA
  • 1975-1976: St. Adelaide, Highland, CA
  • 1977: St. Joseph Church, Loma Linda, CA
  • 1978: SS. Peter and Paul Church, Alta Loma, CA
  • 1977-1983: St. Peter & St. Paul, Alta Loma, CA
  • 1984-1986: Unknown
  • 1987-1990: Junipero Serra House of Formation, Riverside, CA
  • 1990-1992: St. Margaret Mary Church, Chino, CA
  • 1993: Unknown
  • 1994: Holy Family Church, Hesperia, CA
  • 1995: Retired
  • 1995-2018: Unknown
  • 2006: Laicized

Msgr. Patrick J. O’Keeffe served Southern California for nearly three decades before being appointed Monsignor in 1988. He served as  Monsignor for several years before having his faculties removed in 1994 according to records due to reports of sexual misconduct. The first three reports against him came in 1994 from three adult women
who alleged Msgr. O’Keeffe was guilty of sexual indiscretions. Subsequently, several additional sexual abuse allegations came out against Msgr. O’Keeffe that went as far
back as 1958. In 2002, he was criminally charged with 15 counts of oral copulation with a female minor. The case was eventually dismissed due to the statute of limitations. As part of a bankruptcy pledge in 2007, the Diocese of San Diego released a list of 38 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, included on the list was Msgr. O’Keeffe. Documents release by the Diocese of San Diego indicate that Msgr. O’Keeffe worked for several years beginning in 1994 and continuing through at least 2002 except for a one-year absence as the Director of Religious Studies for the St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel, California.