Fr. John V. Coffield

Fr. John V. Coffield

Ordination: 1941


Fr. Coffield rose to prominence as a priest and one city, El Monte, went so far as celebrate “Father Coffield Day” in his honor beginning in 1999. But in 2002, Fr. Coffield was accused of sexually abusing a boy at Dolores Mission from 1960 to 1962. Fr. Coffield was named in a civil lawsuit in 2003. Fr. Coffield’s alleged victim said that Fr. Coffield gained the trust of his parents and sexually abused him in multiple locations on and around the church grounds. After the first civil lawsuit was filed against him, a second accuser came forward. Fr. Coffield was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. From approximately 1982 to his death in 2005, Fr. Coffield’s whereabouts and whether he had access to children are unknown.


1942 Our Lady Help of Christians, Los Angeles, CA

1943-1954 Nativity Catholic Church, El Monte, CA

1955-1961 Dolores Mission, Los Angeles, CA

1962-1964 Ascension Catholic Church, Los Angeles

1965 St. Carthage Catholic Church, Chicago, IL

1966-1967 Unknown

1968 Lived at a private residence in El Monte

1969 St. Anne, Santa Ana, CA

1970-1974 Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Santa Ana, CA

1972-1973 Jesuit Theology Seminary, Berkeley, CA

1975-1976 Retired, Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

1977 Retired (San Louis Rey, CA)

1978-1980 Retired (San Marcos, CA)

1981 Administrator Emeritus at San Felipe de Jesus, Capistrano Beach, CA

1982-2004 Unknown

2005 Died

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