Rev. Ronald L. Bruckner

Summary of case: At least six men have alleged that they were abused by Bruckner in the 1970s and 1980s when they were in middle school in Albuquerque. Several reported the abuse to Archbishop Sheehan in 1995. Bruckner was investigated in 1995 and 2004 by the diocese's review board, but not removed. He was evaluated a third time in March 2005 after a sixth man claimed he was abused in the 1970s by Bruckner. He was placed on leave and 'retired.'  All privileges were removed in September 2005. He was still representing himself in January 2008 as a priest of the Santa Fe archdiocese. On Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused September 12, 2017. A lawsuit against the Boy Scouts named Bruckner and Rev. Robert Malloy 1in December 2018.

: 1965

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archbishop of Santa Fe was James Peter Davis (1964-1974).

1971 St. Pius X High School Albuquerque NM faculty member School had 543-605 students.
1967 1969 Queen of Heaven Albuquerque NM


In residence.

Parish had a grade school with 589-543 students.
1971 1972 College of Santa Fe Santa Fe NM Chaplain and lecturer  


Bishop was Robert F. Sanchez (1974-1993)

1979 Immaculate Heart of Mary

Los Alamos

Accused in 2005 of having sexually abused a teen boy in the 1970s while pastor of IHM (Albuquerque Tribune [Albuquerque NM]
October 10, 2005).

NM Pastor  
1979 1987 Our Lady of the Assumption


• Five men reported in 1995 that they were physically and sexually abused by Bruckner while students at Our Lady's middle school in the late 1970s and early 1980s (Albuquerque Tribune [Albuquerque NM]
October 10, 2005).


NM Pastor Parish had a school with 305-212 students.


Bishop is Michael J. Sheehan (1993-)

2005 Annunciation


Removed from parish in March 2005 due to allegations of sexual abuse. Placed on restricted status in Sept. 2005 on recommendation from diocesan review board (Albuquerque Tribune [Albuquerque NM]
October 10, 2005).


NM Pastor

Parish had a school with 264 -533 students and a CCD program with 363-168 students.

1976 1978 Diocesan President of Clergy Senate        
1978 1981 Diocesan Director of Marriage and Family Life Office        
1979 1989 Diocesan Canonical Consultor        
1981 1995 Diocesan Director of Permanent Diaconate Program        
1985 1991 Diocesan Personnel Board Member        
1991 2005 Dean of Albuquerque Deanery B        

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1965-2005).

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