Fr. Arthur Harrison

Fr. Arthur Harrison

Ordination: 1956

Notes: Fr. Arthur Harrison worked in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of San Jose. According to the Diocese of San Jose, Fr. Harrison engaged in sexual misconduct with a child at Our Lady of Loretto Parish in 1961, as well as sexual misconduct with children at St. Francis Cabrini Parish in 1974 to 1976. The Diocese of San Jose received reports of child sexual abuse against Fr. Harrison in 1988, 1990, and 2003. Fr. Harrison’s ministry was restricted in 1989 and he was permanently banned from ministry in 2002. In 2003, Fr. Harrison was criminally charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl more than 40 years prior while he was assigned to Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato, California. The case was dismissed after a United States Supreme Court ruling changed the law surrounding statutes of limitation. A few years later, in 2005, Fr. Harrison was one of five priests included in a settlement made by the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The Diocese of San Jose included Fr. Harrison in its list of clergy with credible allegations of sexual abuse of children.


1956-1960 St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Palo Alto, CA (SFR)

1960-1964 Our Lady of Loretto, Novato, CA (SFR)

1964-1967 St. Frances Cabrini, Cambrian Park, CA (SFR)

1967-1976 St. Raphael’s, San Rafael, CA; San Quentin Prison (chaplain) (SFR)

1976-1987 St. Elizabeth Church, Milpitas, CA (1976-1980 SFR; 1981- 1987 SJ)

1987-1989 Church of the Ascension, Saratoga, CA (SJ)

1989-1990 Church of the Ascension, Saratoga, CA; Absent on leave San Jose Serra Club, San Jose, CA (SJ)

1990-1992 Absent on leave; San Jose Serra Club, San Jose, CA (SJ)

1992-1995 Retired; San Jose Serra Club, San Jose CA (SJ)

1995-2006 Retired

2006 Died

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