Fr. Leonardo Mateo

Fr. Leonardo Mateo

1956: Ordained

1956-1959: Cathedral, Tagbilaran City, Philippines

1959-1960: St. Vibiana’s; St. Anastasia, Los Angeles, CA

1960-1965: Greenpoint Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

1965-1975: Diocesan Procurator, Diocese of Tagbilaran, Philippines

1976-1977: Unknown

1978-1982: Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, IL

1982-1984: St. Petronille, Glen Ellyn, IL

1984: Diocese of Richmond, VA

1985: Hines Veterans’ Hospital, Chicago, IL

1986: Unknown

1987-1989: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Waukegan, IL

1990-2003: Unknown

2004: Died

Notes: According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, at least one survivor has come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Leonardo Mateo in approximately 1959, while he worked at St. Anastasia in Los Angeles. Fr. Mateo has been named in at least three child sexual abuse lawsuits. Fr. Mateo was an extern priest visiting from the Philippines who worked briefly in the Archdiocese. Fr. Mateo was included in the Diocese of Joliet’s list of priests with credible allegation(s) of sexual abuse of minors made against them. Two allegations of child sexual abuse were made in 1983 and 1991 against Fr. Mateo, while he worked in the Diocese. According to the Diocese, he left in 1984 and later returned to the Archdiocese of Cebu in the 1990s, where he died in 2004. Fr. Mateo was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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