Assignment Record– Rev. Jose F. Superiaso
|1985||1991||Philippines||Superiaso is not indexed in the 1986-1991 Directories.|
San Francisco archbishop was John Raphael Quinn (1977-1995), followed by William Joseph Levada (1995-2005)
• Superiaso was arrested in 2003 after a 20 year-old woman accused him of molesting her in the St. Andrew's rectory many times between July 18, 1994 and Nov. 30, 1995, when the woman was a 12 to 13 year-old girl. Superiaso was a family friend who often babysat for them. The girl was a recent immigrant from the Philippines. She said she didn't disclose the abuse because she thought no one would believe her and because Superiaso threatened to send her back to the Philippines.
In residence 1991-1995
St. Andrew's had a religious education program with 257-400 students.
Superiaso arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989 or 1990 to attend graduate school at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley.
|May 1997||July 1997||Our Lady of the Pillar||Half Moon Bay||CA|
|1997||1998||Immaculate Heart of Mary||Belmont||CA||2/3, 2/4||
Immaculate Heart of Mary had a school with 305 students, and a religious education program with 356 students.
Superiaso is he 1999 Directory-as at IHM in Belmont, CA, and at St. Anne's in Santa Fe, NM.
Santa Fe archbishop was Michael Jarboe Sheehan (1993-)
|1999||St. Anne's||Santa Fe||NM||2/2||St. Anne's had a religious education program with 337 students.|
|1999||2000||La Santisima Trinidad||Arroyo Seco||NM||2/2||La Santisima Trinidad had a religious education program with 95 students.|
|1999||2000||San Antonio de Padua||Valdez||NM||This was a mission of La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco.|
|1999||2000||Santo Nino de Atocha||Las Colonias||NM||This was a mission of La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco.|
|1999||2000||San Cristobal||San Cristobal||NM||This was a mission of La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco.|
|1999||2000||Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe||Taos||NM||2/2||Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe had a religious education program with 380 students. The parish was a mission of La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco.|
|1999||2000||St. Jerome's||Taos||NM||This was a mission of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.|
|1999||2000||Taos Pueblo||NM||This was a mission of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.|
|1999||2000||St. Theresa||El Prado||NM||This was a chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.|
|1999||2000||Our Lay of Sorrows
||Canon||NM||This was a chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.|
|1999||2000||Immaculate Conception||Ranchitos||NM||This was a chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.|
|1999||2000||San Antonio||La Loma||NM||This was a chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.|
|2000||2003||Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis||Santa Fe||NM||
Superiaso was a musician who often directed the parish school's childrens' choir and the cathedral's youth choir.
|The Cathedral had a school with 236-224 students, and a religious education program with 193-222 students.|
|2000||2001||Santa Clara Indian Pueblo||Rio Arriba Co.||This was a mission of the Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis in Santa Fe. (The 2002 and 2003 Directories
do not mention missions).
|2000||2001||San Ildefonso Indian Pueblo||Santa Fe Co.||This was a mission of the Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis in Santa Fe|
|2000||2001||Tesuque Indian Pueblo||Santa Fe Co.||
This was a mission of the Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis in Santa Fe.
Superiaso is not indexed in the Directories beyond 2003. He was placed on Administrative Leave by the Santa Fe archdiocese in July 2003 after a 20 year-old woman reported having been molested at St. Andrew's in Daly City by Superiaso in 1994 and 1995. Police asked her to phone Superiaso and invite him to come to San Francisco to meet her. He traveled to meet her and police, rather than the woman, were there to meet him. He was arrested in on charges of 25 counts of child molestation. Superiaso pleaded innocent.
|2003||Jan. 2012||Prison||CA||A Sept. 2004 trial resulted in a hung jury. In June 2005 Superiato pleaded guilty to six counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under the age of 14. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, and was eligible for parole in late 2013.
In 2009 Superiaso appealed to President Obama and CA Governor Schwarzenegger for a pardon. The Philippines' Chief Public Attorney was involved in the effort, and said that, if released, Superiaso would return to ministry in the Philippines, and, "...by serving half of his sentence he has been rehabilitated, if, in fact, there is any truth to the alleged charges."
Superiaso was released from prison January 24, 2012. After his release, his victim's elder sister alleged publicly that Superiaso took advantage of her sexually when she was in her 20s in the 1990s and was working as a parish youth coordinator. She said his advances toward her started after she confided in him that another priest had molested her when she was a child in the Philippines. She said she was horrified when she later found out he was molesting her little sister. It was then that the family reported to the police the girl's abuse by Superiaso.
When it was announced that Superiaso was to be deported back to the Philippines, the elder sister reportedly wrote to the Manila archbishop, "I beg you to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults by preventing Superiaso from continuing to minister in Manila or any other part of the country."
A retired Philippines archbishop who was a Tribunal official said Superiaso would face charges before the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) upon his arrival in the country.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1992-2003)
• Priest Arrested in Molest Case, By Jim Herron Zamora, San Francisco Chronicle , June 11, 2003