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The Diocese of Gallup has added 11 new names to its list of credibly accused priests and church workers. Fr. Diego Mazon, already listed, has had his list of assignments updated with corrected dates. Aside from Fr. Hetteberg, those listed below have allegations from their time in other dioceses. Where applicable, their inclusion on other lists of credibly accused clergy have been linked.

The Diocese of Gallup wishes to express our profound gratitude to survivors of abuse, for their courage and strength they display in coming forward with their stories.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual, physical, or spiritual abuse by a church worker or member of the clergy, please contact our Victims Assistance Coordinator, Elizabeth Terrill, at 505-906-7357or [email protected].

List of new names, in alphabetical order:

Fr. William Bressler (Deceased) (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments:
St. Cecelia, Clarkdale AZ (10/11/1957)
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holbrook AZ (10/1958)
St. Peter, Springerville AZ (07/08/1959)
St. Lawrence, Humboldt AZ and St. Joseph, Mayer AZ (08/10/1959-06/04/1961)
Holy Cross, Sedona AZ (0915/1961-1967)
St. Rita Parish, Show Low AZ and Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Snowflake AZ (06/1963-03/1967)
Santo Niño Mission, Aragon NM (04/13/1967-06/1972)
St John Parish, St Johns AZ (08/18/1972-1973)
Link to the Diocese of Alexandria, LA Credibly Accused List

Brother Claude Daly, OFM (Deceased) (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments:
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Gallup NM (1962-1968)
St. Francis Parish, Gallup NM (1970-1973)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Fr. Lambert Dannenfelser, OFM (Deceased) (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments:
St. Joseph Parish, San Fidel NM (1948)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Rev. James Grear (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments: None. No authorization for ministry.
Lived as a private citizen in Chinle, AZ. Employed in public school system (1977-1979) and (1983-1984)
Link to the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana Credibly Accused List

Fr. Marcan Hetteberg, OFM (Deceased) (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments:
St. Michaels, St. Michaels AZ and St. Isabel Mission, Lukachukai AZ (06/29/1954 –1971)
St. Paul Parish, Crownpoint NM and St. Bonaventure Mission, Thoreau NM (08/29/1972)
St Isabel Parish, Luckachukai AZ and St. Mary Mission, Greasewood AZ (06/9/1973-07/12/1980)
St. Michaels, St Michaels AZ (retired) and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fort Defiance, AZ (12/29/1998)
Villa Guadalupe (Little Sisters of the Poor), Gallup NM (2001)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Brother Dennis Huff, OFM (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments:
St. Joseph Friary, Laguna NM (06/1982-06/1983)
St. Michaels, St. Michaels AZ (06/1984-06/1985)
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fort Defiance AZ (06/1985-08/1985)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Fr. Chris Kerr, OFM (Deceased) (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments:
Christ the King Parish, Shiprock NM (06/1979-12/1980)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Fr. Diego Mazon, OFM (Deceased)
Assignments:
St. Joseph Church, San Fidel NM (06/1977 – 05/1980)
St. Michaels Mission, St. Michaels AZ (06/16/80-06/26/1981)
Updated with correct dates, Oct. 2021: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fort Defiance AZ (07/02/1990)
Updated with correct dates, Oct. 2021: St. Francis of Assisi Parish and School, Gallup NM (07/10/94 – 2005)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Fr. Carter Partee, OFM (Deceased) (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments:
St. Michael, St. Michaels, AZ (10/1960-06/1961)
St. Rose Parish, Blanco NM (07/1961)
St. Mary Parish, Bloomfield NM (11/1962-08/1966)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Fr. Juvenal Pfalzer, OFM (Deceased) (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments:
St. Michaels, St. Michaels AZ and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fort Defiance AZ (07/1942-1943)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Fr. Lorenzo Ruiz, OFM (Added to list in November of 2021)
Assignments: None – never received authorization for ministry.
Lived at the Franciscan Friary in St. Michaels, AZ (08/1995 – 12/1997)
Lived as a private citizen in Grants, NM (1998 – 2001)
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

Fr. Anslem Sippel, OFM (Deceased) (Added to list in November of 2021)
(1931 – onward) and (10/10/1941-08/1948): St. Michaels, St. Michaels AZ and jurisdiction over all Navajo Missions, including:
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Chinle AZ and
Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fort Defiance AZ
Link to the St. John the Baptist Province Credibly Accused List

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