Assignment Record– Msgr. George V. Rieffer

Summary of Case: George V. Rieffer was ordained for the Santa Fe archdiocese in 1939. He quickly rose to prominence in the archdiocese, holding many leadership positions throughout his career which included Assistant to the Archbishop early on, roles with the Marriage and Archdiocesan Tribunals, Archdiocesan Consultors, Dean, and ultimately, Vicar General. Rieffer was Rector of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary 1945-50, and was elevated to Monsignor in 1948. He also pastored several parishes, including Immaculate Conception in Las Vegas NM 1950-67. Rieffer retired in 1980 and died in 1991.

In a lawsuit filed in May 2016 Rieffer was accused of sexually abusing and raping a girl beginning in 1952, when she was 6-yrs-old. The abuse allegedly occurred many times in the rectory of Immaculate Conception parish. The girl was said to have been a parishioner and student of the parish school.

Born: September 13, 1912
: 1939
Retired: 1980
Died: September 7, 1991


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Archbishop was Rudolph Aloysius Gerken (1933-1943).

1941 Chancery Office Santa Fe NM Secretary to the Archbishop; Assistant



1939 1941 Saint Michael's College Santa Fe NM Chaplain This was a Brothers of the Christian Schools' boarding and day school, with 366-352 students.


Gerken was succeeded by Edwin Vincent Byrne (1943-1963), followed by James Peter Davis (1964-1974).

1966 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Santa Fe NM Director  
1942 1944 Marriage Tribunal Santa Fe NM Judge  
1944 1973 Archdiocesan Tribunal Santa Fe NM Notary 1944-53; Promoter of Justice 1953-73  
1944 1950 Priests of Eucharistic League Santa Fe NM Director  
1945 1950 Seminary of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Santa Fe NM Rector

Named "Very Rev. Monsignor" in 1948.

1948 1954 Archdiocesan Sacred Heart Enthronement Santa Fe   Director  
1950 1967 Immaculate Conception Las Vegas NM 1/1, 1/2, 1/3 Immaculate Conception had a grade school until 1965 with 350-161 students, and a high school until 1964 with 98-255 students.
1950 1967 San Antonio Los Vigiles NM   This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in Las Vegas.
1950 1967 Las Vegas Deanery Las Vegas NM Dean  
1950 1966 Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Santa Fe NM Director  
1951 1958 Pro-Synodal Examiners and Parish Priest Consultors Santa Fe NM    



Archdiocesan Consultors Santa Fe NM    
1959 1968 Archdiocesan Committee for Sacred Liturgy Santa Fe NM    
1959 1973 Vicar General Santa Fe NM    
1967 1968 Christo Rey, Christ the King Santa Fe NM 1/2 Christo Rey had a school with 300 students.
1967 1968   Cañada de Los Alamos NM   This was a mission of Christo Rey in Santa Fe.


Robert Fortune Sanchez followed Davis as Santa Fe archbishop (1974-1993).

1975 Annunciation Albuquerque NM 1/3, 1/2 Annunciation had a school with 453-561 students.
1975 1980 San Ysidro Corrales NM 1/2  
1980 1991 Retired   NM   Rieffer died September 7, 1991.

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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1940-1992).

3 File Sexual Abuse Lawsuits against Archdiocese of Santa Fe, By Olivier Uyttebrouck, Albuquerque Journal, May 12, 2016

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This assignment record was last updated on June 21, 2016.


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