Assignment Record – Rev. Stephen Emmett Speciale, s.j.

Summary of Case: Ordained a Jesuit priest of the California Province in 1985, Speciale's post-ordination ministry was short-lived. He was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abused an 11 year-old boy in 1985, at a Santa Barbara parish. Another lawsuit with accusations against him was settled in 1993. Speciale appears to have left the priesthood after 1989.

: 1985


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Los Angeles archbishop was Timothy Manning (1970-1985), followed by Roger Michael Mahoney (1985-2011).

1985 Our Lady of Sorrows

Santa Barbara

Speciale was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually abusing an 11 year-old boy on the grounds of Our Lady of Sorrows on at least two different occasions.

CA   This assignment is per a legal complaint.


San Jose bishop was Roland Pierre DuMaine (1981-1999).

1988 Bellarmine College Prep.

San Jose


CA Bellarmine had 1,229-1,240 students, all male.  
1988 1989 St. Joseph's San Jose CA 6/6 In residence

Speciale is not indexed beyond the 1989 Directory.

Prior accusations against Speciale were settled in 1993.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1986-1989)

Case # 185 561 c/w 167 938; Superiot Ct.; Santa Barbara County
LA Archdiocesan Report, page 6, Feb. 17, 2004

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This assignment record was last updated on May 1, 2013.