Fr. Ramon Varela, O.F.M.: Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Minors

Fr. Ramon Varela, O.F.M.

Ordination: Unknown
  • 1949-1955: Native American Mission, AZ
  • 1955-1960: St. Mary’s, Stockton, CA (STO)
  • 1960-1962: Mission San Miguel, San Miguel, CA (MRY)
  • 1962-1963: St. Peter’s, Bapchule, AZ (PHX)
  • 1963-1967: Sacred Heart, Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
  • 1967-1968: St. Elizabeth’s, Oakland CA (OAK)
  • 1968-1970: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Fresno, CA (FRS)
  • 1970-1972: Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Jose, CA (SJ)
  • 1972-1976: Ascension, Portland, OR (P)
  • 1975-1978: Ss. Simon and Jude, Huntington Beach, CA (ORG)
  • 1978-1979: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Delano, CA (FRS)
  • 1979: Sacred Heart, Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
  • 1979-1993: St. Francis Home, Santa Ana, NM (ORG)
  • 1993-2001: Elder Care Facilities, NM
  • 2002: Died

Fr. Ramon Varela was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Saint Barbara, part of what is formally known as the Order of Friars Minor. Fr. Varela was included in the Franciscan Friars Province of Saint Barbara’s, “List of Franciscan Friars from the St. Barbara Province with Credibly (sic) Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor” in the section “Deceased Former Province of St. Barbara Friars Who Have Been Credibly Accused.” According to this list, a report was made in 1994 alleging that Fr. Varela sexually abused a minor from approximately 1949 to 1979. The Franciscan Friars of the Province of Saint Barbara report that Fr. Varela was living in New Mexico until his death. His status as a priest and whether he had access to children from 1993 until his death are unknown