Fr. Hermy Dave O. Ceniza

Fr. Hermy Dave O. Ceniza

Ordained, 1963

Notes: In 2010, a man sued the Diocese of Fresno for fraud, claiming the Church had “duped” him concerning sexual abuse perpetrated by Fr. Hermy Dave O. Ceniza that had occurred nearly 20 years previously. The plaintiff, who at the beginning of the abuse was a minor, alleges he was sexually abused by Fr. Ceniza for two years in approximately 1991 when Fr. Ceniza worked at St. Francis in Bakersfield, California. After the survivor brought the child sexual abuse to the attention of Bishop Steinbock, he was given the promise that Fr. Ceniza would no longer be a priest or have access to children. Having been given that promise, the boy agreed to not pursue legal action. Two decades later, upon hearing about another case involving the Diocese of Fresno, alleging that a priest accused of sexual abuse had been secretly moved to another parish, the plaintiff looked into what happened to Fr. Ceniza. After finding that Fr. Ceniza remained a priest, the plaintiff reportedly decided to sue. Fr. Ceniza’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.


1964-1966 St. Mary’s, Stockton, CA (STO) 

1966-1967 Serra High, Salem, OR (P) 

1967-1976 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Fresno, CA (FRS)

1976-1979 Newman Center, Sacramento, CA (SAC) 

1979-1980 Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (LA)

1980 St. Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista, CA (MRY)

1980-1999 Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (LA)

2000 Died

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