Assignment Record– Rev. Kenneth J. Cabral

Summary of Case: Kenneth Cabral was ordained for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1950. He became a priest of the Diocese of Oakland when it was established in 1962. Cabral served in parishes in Tracy, San Jose, Oakland, Martinez, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Lafayette and San Leandro. He appears to have been active until 1986, after which the Official Catholic Directory shows a year where he does not appear at all, followed by sick leave status and then retirement. He is reported to have died in March 1996.

Cabral was publicly named a child sex offender in the diocese's October 2004 apology service for abuse perpetrated at St. Catherine of Siena in Martinez during 1964-1965.

Ordained: 1950
Retired: 1991
Died: 1996


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of San Francisco

Archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1953 St. Bernard's Tracy CA 2/2


1953 1954 St. Leo's San Jose CA 2/2 St. Leo's had a school with 244 boys and 195 girls.


Archdiocese of San Francisco until 1962, when the Oakland Diocese was established.

Oakland's first bishop was Floyd Lawrence Begin (1962-1977).

1963 St. Lawrence O'Toole's Oakland CA 2/2 St. Lawrence O'Toole's had a school with 253-218 boys and 224-184 girls.
1963 1965 St. Catherine of Siena


Cabral was named publicly as a child sex offender by Bishop Vigneron in the diocese's October 2004 Apology Service. The abuse was said to have taken place at St. Catherine's during 1964-1965.

CA 3/3 St. Catherine's had a school with 216-191 boys and 217 girls.
1965 1967 St. Joseph the Worker Berkeley CA 4/4, 2/4 St. Joseph's had a grade school with 166-154 boys and 189-195 girls, and a high school with 325-363 girls.
1967 1970 St. Mary's Walnut Creek CA 4/4, 2/2 St. Mary's had a school with 181-133 boys and 190-135 girls.
1970 1971 St. Columba's Oakland CA 1/1 St. Columba's had a school with 118 boys and 105 girls.
1971 1975 St. Perpetua's Lafayette CA 2/3, 2/2 St. Perpetua's had a school with 223-285 students.


Begin was succeeded as Oakland bishop by John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003).

1984 St. Margaret Mary's Oakland CA 1/1  
1984 1986 St. Alphonsus Liguori San Leandro CA 2/2  
1986 1987         Cabral is not indexed in the 1987 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous assignment.
1987 1991 Absent on Sick Leave        
1991 2000 Retired      

Cabral is not indexed beyond the 2000 Directory.

Although the Directories list him until 2000, Cabral reportedly died March 2, 1996.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1951-2000).

Diocese of Oakland Apology Services, Diocese of Oakland, 2004
Connections, Bay Area News Group, April 1, 2008
Accused Clerics, Contra Costa Times, April 1, 2008 

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This assignment record was last updated on December 20, 2016.


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