Fr. Michael P. Pecharich

Fr. Michael P. Pecharich

Ordination: 1973

Notes: Fr. Michael P. Pecharich is accused of inappropriate conduct with four boys, some of which accuse him of sexual misconduct from approximately 1974 to 1984. He has been named in at least one civil lawsuit and is on the list of priests accused of sexual misconduct released by the Diocese of Orange. In 1996, Fr. Pecharich admitted to then Bishop McFarland that he had sexually abused a teenage boy 19 years before. Fr. Pecharich, founder of San Francisco Solano in Rancho Santa Margarita, remained in ministry until 2002 when he was forced to resign. It is believed Fr. Pecharich was laicized. Fr. Pecharich was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and was included in a press release issued by the Diocese of Orange in 2004 as a priest accused and removed from ministry. As of 2004, it is believed Fr. Pecharich resided in Signal Hills, California. Fr. Pecharich’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.


1974-1976 St. Bridget of Sweden Church, Van Nuys, CA

1977-1979 St. Edward Church, Dana Point, CA

1980-1983 San Antonio del Canon Church, Anaheim, CA

1984-1989 St. Juliana Falconieri Church, Fullerton, CA

1990-2002 San Francisco Solano Church, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

2003-2018 Unknown

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