Assignment Record – Rev. Daniel Ramsey Barfield, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest of the New Orleans Province ordained in 1967, Barfield was a teacher and counselor in Dallas, New Orleans and Houston high schools for the better part of the first two decades of his career. In 1985 he transferred to the Las Cruces, NM diocese, where he pastored two parishes and held numerous chancery positions. He died in 2003. In a 2013 lawsuit Barfield was accused of sexually, physically and psychologically assaulting and abusing a New Mexico altar boy in 1990. Barfield's accuser also named two other priests of the parish as perpetrators, including Rev. David Holley, who was convicted in 1993 of raping eight other local boys.

Ordained: 1967
Died: June 7, 2003



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


St. Louis archbishop was Joseph Elmer Ritter (1946-1967), followed by John Joseph Carberry (1968-1979).

1968   St. Louis MO   Address given is 3701 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis.


Menevia bishop was John Edward Petit (1947-1972).

1969 St. Asaph, St. Beuno College Flintshire England    
Dallas-Ft. Worth diocese   Jesuit College Prep. Dallas TX counselor and teacher This assignment is per Barfield's obituary.


New Orleans archbishop was Philip Matthew Hannan (1965-1988).

1975 Jesuit High School New Orleans LA counselor and teacher Jesuit High had 827-989 students, all male.


Galveston-Houston bishop was John Louis Morkovsky (1975-1984), followed by Joseph Anthony Fiorenza (1984-2006).

1985 Strake Jesuit College Prep. Houston TX counselor and teacher Strake had 582-705 students, all male.


Las Cruces bishop was Ricardo Ramirez, c.s.b. (1982-2013).

1990 Holy Family Deming NM 1/1  
1987 2003 Diocesan Tribunal     Promoter of Justice  
1987 1991 Diocesan Tribunal     Advocates  
1991 2003 Diocesan Tribunal     Defenders of the Bond  
1988 1995 Presbyteral Council        
1988 1991 Continuing Clergy Education        
1989 1995 Vicars

1989 1990 Office of Development        
1990 1995 Diocesan Consultors        
1991 1992 Office of Stewardship and Development        
1990 2003 St. Jude's


Barfield was accused in a 2013 lawsuit of sexually, physically and psychologically assaulting and abusing a 12-year-old St. Jude's altar boy in 1990. His accuser said he was also abused previously by St. Jude's priest, Rev. Wilfrid Diamond, beginning when he was 8 or 9 years-old, and by Rev. David Holley. Holley was convicted in 1993 of sodomizing and molesting eight other Alamogordo boys. The priests' accuser said that Barfield held him down while Holley raped him.



Barfield is referred to as "Very Rev." in the 1991-2003 Directories.
















Barfield died June 7, 2003.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1968-2003)

One-Time Altar Boy Claims 3 Priests in Alamogordo Molested Him, By Milan Simonich, Alamogordo Daily News, May 7, 2013
Man Files Lawsuit Alleging Abuse by Three Priests in Alamogordo Years Ago, By Milan Simonich, Las Cruces Sun-News, May 7, 2013
Lawsuit against Dioceses Alleges Abuse by Three Priests, By Tom Sharpe, The New Mexican, May 7, 2013
Former Altar Boy Claims He Was Molested by 3 Alamogordo Priests, Abq Journal, May 8, 2013
Man Claims Three Priests Abused Him, By Lysee Mitri, KRQE, May 9, 2013
NM- Three New Mexico Priests Accused of Abuse, By Barbara Dorris, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, May 8, 2013
Barfield, Father Daniel Ramsey, Obituary, Dallas Morning News, June 13, 2003


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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 17, 2014.