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

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

Ordained, 1956

Notes: Fr. Gregory Kareta was ordained a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. 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 a minor boy from 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’ “Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse Archdiocese of Los Angeles” in the “Religious Order Priests and Brothers” section. Fr. Kareta’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 2004 until his death are unknown.


1957 Unknown 1980-1981 Queen of Angels, Riverside, CA (SB)

1958-1963 St. Hedwig’s, Detroit, MI (DET) 1981-1982 Our Lady of Guadalupe, Riverside, CA (SB)

1963- 1964 Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hermosa Beach, CA (LA)

1983 Unknown

1964-1965 St. Josephat’s, Milwaukee, WI (MIL) 1984-1996 St. Paul the Apostle, Coalinga, CA (FRS)

1966-1971 Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance, CA (LA)

1996-2002 St. Joseph’s, Avenal, CA (FRS)

1971-1978 St. Paul the Apostle, Pismo Beach, CA (MRY)

2003 Retired; St. Joseph Cupertine Friary, Arroyo Grande, CA (MRY)

1978-1979 Queen of Angels, Riverside, CA (SB) 2004-2005 Unknown

1979-1980 St. Joseph’s, Barstow, CA (SB) 2006 Died

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