Assignment Record- Rev. Edward F. (Eddie or Ed) Fitz-Henry

Summary of Case: Ordained in Ireland, Fitz-Henry spent his career in the Monterey, CA diocese. He was removed from active ministry in February 2011 when accused of having sexually abused a 14 year-old boy in 2005. The abuse is said to have included the priest asking the boy questions and making comments of a sexual nature during confession. An investigation revealed an allegation from 1992 as well. That incident may have involved two boys, who were brothers. The family received a settlement from the diocese, and Fitz-Henry was sent to Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico for treatment in May 1992. In 1995 he was made pastor of a Monterey parish.

Born:
Sept. 18, 1958 in Dublin, Ireland
Educated:
Colaiste Eoin, Finglas, Ireland (1972-1976); Holy Cross College, Dublin, Ireland (1977-1980); All Hallows College (Seminary), Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland (1981-1984); Baccalaureate in Divinity.
Ordained
: 1985
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Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1985

Monterey bishop was Thaddeus Anthony Shubsda (1982-1991)

1986 Special Assignment Monterey CA Address given is that of the Chancery (P.O. Box 2048 Monterey, CA)
1986 1988 Madonna Del Sasso Salinas CA 2/3. Priests were Very Rev. Michael L. Cross, Fitz-Henry, and Rev. Joseph Occhiuto. Cross was the Dean of the Salinas Deanery. Rev. John C. Writht replaced Occhiuto in 1987. Parish had a school with 265 students.
1988 1990 Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo Monterey CA 2/2. Priests were Msgr. Brendan McGuinness, Rector, and Fitz-Henry.

Parish had a school with 216 students. Principal was Sr. Mary Jane Clark, O.P.

Fitz-Henry is indexed in the 1988 and 1989 Directories as "Eddie".

1988 1990 Annunciation Monterey CA 2/2. Priests were Msgr. Brendan McGuinness, Rector, and Fitz-Henry. This was a mission of the Cathedral.

1990

Shubsda was succeeded by Sylvester Donovan Ryan (1992-2006)

1993 San Carlos Borromeo Basilica (Carmel Mission)

Carmel

A private investigator hired by the diocese in 2011 discovered a credible allegation of child sexual abuse against Fitz-Henry from his time at Carmel Mission, in 1992. In 2011 the mother of minor involved in the 1992 allegation stated that the incident involved two of her sons. The family received a settlement from the diocese and Fitz-Henry was sent to New Mexico for treatment in May 1992.

CA 3/4, 3/3. Priests were Msgr. D. Declan Murphy, Revs. Michael Bell (Edinburgh), Fitz-Henry, and (in res.) Bishop Thaddeus Shubsda, who died on 4/26/91.

Parish had a school with 205-242 students. Sr. Jean Williams was the Principal.

 

 

1990 1993 St. Francis of the Redwoods Big Sur CA 3/4, 3/3. Priests were Msgr. D. Declan Murphy, Revs. Michael Bell (Edinburgh), Fitz-Henry, and (in res.) Bishop Thaddeus Shubsda. This was a mission of the Basilica.
1990 1993 Blessed Sacrament Carmel CA 3/4, 3/3. Priests were Msgr. D. Declan Murphy, Revs. Michael Bell (Edinburgh), Fitz-Henry, and (in res.) Bishop Thaddeus Shubsda. This was a chapel of the Basilica.
May 1992 Nov. 1992 Servants of the Paraclete Jemez Springs NM patient This was a facility for priests with sexual disorders.
1993 1995 San Luis Obispo (Old Mission)

San Luis Obispo

CA 2/4, 2/5 Parish had a preschool, and an elementary school with 303 students. It also had a religious education program with 264 students.
1995 2005 San Juan Bautista (Old Mission) San Juan Batista CA 1/1 Parish had a religious education program with 112-180 students.

2005

Richard John Garcia replaced Ryan (2006-)

2007 Madonna Del Sasso

Salinas

Fitz-Henry was accused in Feb. 2011 of having sexually abused a minor in 2005 while at this parish. His accuser said he was a 14 year-old altar boy and choir member who aspired to the priesthood when he was assaulted by Fitz-Henry. The boy also played the flute, and has said he was invited by Fitz-Henry to play flute for the parish choir. According to the accuser, Fitz-Henry would ask him questions during confession and counseling sessions about his sexual activity and preferences, and that Fitz-Henry told him he could teach him to kiss and play the "skin flute". He said Fitz-Henry began to hug him, touch him under his clothes, and that Fitz-Henry tried to force him to orally copulate him in the church restroom.

CA 1/2

Parish had a school with 331 students, and a religious education program with 628-350 students.

The accuser first told a visiting priest in the Monterey diocese, Rev. Nicholas Millich, in late 2010 of the alleged 2005 abuse. Millich kept the information to himself, and was suspended from ministry in the Monterey as a result.

1996 2011 San Benito County Sheriff's Dept. San Benito CA Chaplain This assignment is per news reports.
  2011 Salinas Police Dept. Salinas CA Chaplain This assignment is per news reports.
2007 2011 San Juan Bautista (Old Mission) San Juan Batista CA 1/1

Parish had a religious education program with 165-159 students.

Fitz-Henry was removed from active ministry in Feb. 2011 due to two allegations of child sexual abuse, one from 2005 and one from almost 20 years earlier.

 

Sources

Background on Abuse in the Diocese of Monterey
Database of Accused Priests in the Diocese of Monterey
Diocesan John Jay Report and Letter of Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan, Diocese of Monterey, January 2004 and February 4, 2004
Civil Suit Charts History of Church Abuse in County, by Virginia Hennessey, Monterey Herald, May 17, 2009
Monterey Diocese Settles Abuse Case for $1.2 Million, by Virginia Hennessey, Monterey Herald, May 30, 2009
Path to Abuse: Monterey Diocese Turned Blind Eye to Priests' Victims, by Virginia Hennessey, Monterey Herald, July 19, 2009
Victim Believed in Priests Who Hurt Him, by Virginia Hennessey, Monterey Herald, July 19, 2009
Response to Monterey Herald Article of July 18, 2009, Diocese of Monterey, July 28, 2009
Letter to Parishioners about Diocesan Abuse Policy, by Bishop Richard J. Garcia, Diocese of Monterey, June 1, 2010


Rev. Edward F. Fitz-Henry
25th Anniversary of Ordination of Our Pastor, Monterey Traditional Latin Mass, December 25, 2010
Sexual Abuse Allegations against Central Coast Priest, KION, February 15, 2011
Monterey Diocese Suspends Priest Hit by Sex Abuse Allegations, Contra Costa Times, February 15, 2011
Monterey Diocese Receives Sex-Abuse Claim against Popular Priest, By Larry Parsons and Virginia Hennessey, Monterey Herald, February 16, 2011
Alleged Sexual Abuse Victim Files Lawsuit against Priest, KION, February 16, 2011
San Juan Mission Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct, By Connor Ramey, Hollister Free Lance February 16, 2011
Church Addresses Abuse Allegations, By Larry Parsons, Monterey Herald, February 17, 2011
Alleged Victim Sues Diocese As Salinas Police Examine Molestation Reports, By Mary Duan, Monterey County Weekly, February 17, 2011
Salinas Police Investigate Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse, By Sunita Vijayan And Luis Carlos Lopez, The Californian, February 17, 2011
Priest Accused of Sex Abuse; Lawsuit Filed, KSBW, February 17, 2011
Second Priest Removed from Duties in Salinas Sex Abuse Case, By Sunita Vijayan, The Californian, February 18, 2011
Priest Removed in Sexual Abuse Case, KION, February 19, 2011
Parishioners Upset about Priest Allegation Announcement, KION, February 21, 2011
Accused Priest Hires Attorney for Lawsuit, Hollister Free Lance, February 21, 2011
Priest from Yakima Suspended in California, By Jane Gargas, Yakima Herald-Republic , February 23, 2011
Salinas Police, Accused Priest Too Close for Comfort, By Sara Rubin, Monterey County Weekly, March 9, 2011
The Diocese of Monterey Mess Gets Messier, By Mary Duan, Monterey County Weekly, March 10, 2011
Salinas Police Asked to Withdraw from Priest Case, by Sunita Vijayan, The Californian, March 11, 2011
Salinas Priest Expected in Court to Challenge Molestation Case, By Susanne Brunner, KION, April 15, 2011
Alleged Victim Being Retaliated Against? by Katelyn Sykes, Central Coast News, KION46/FOX35, April 15, 2011


Statement Regarding Fr. Edward Fitz-Henry, Office of Communications, Diocese of Monterey, February 14, 2011
Complaint: John RJ Doe v. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Monterey, Madonna Del Sasso Parish, and Father Edward Fitz-Henry, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Monterey, February 15, 2011
Court Docket
In Support of Fr. Ed


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This assignment record was last updated on May 4, 2011


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