Assignment Record-Rev. Albert "Al" Mengon, s.d.b.
Summary of Case: Mengon was named in two depositions in 2006 as having sexually abused youth at a Salesian camp. He remains an
active priest in 2011.
Los Angeles archbishop was James Francis Aloysius McIntyre (1948-1970)
|1967||Bishop Mora Salesian High School||Los Angeles||CA||2/2||School had 967 students, all male.|
Oakland bishop was Floyd Lawrence Begin (1962-1977)
|1976||Salesian High School||Richmond||CA||School had 425-330 students, all male.|
Monterey bishop was Harry Anselm Clinch (1967-1982)
|1979||St. Francis Junior High School||Watsonville||CA||School had 100 students, day and resident.|
Oakland bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003)
|1984||Salesian High School||Richmond||CA||Vice-Director 1979-1984; Treasurer 1979-1984||School had 396-470 students, all male.|
Timothy Manning replaced McIntyre as Los Angeles archbishop (1970-1985), followed by Roger Michael Mahoney (1985-2011)
|1986||Bishop Mora Salesian High School||Los Angeles||CA||Financial Administrator||School had 375 students, all male.|
Monterey bishop was Thaddeus Anthony Shubsda (1982-1991)
|1989||St. Francis Youth Center||
• Mengon was named in two 2006 depositions as having sexually abused youth at a camp.
|CA||This was a private summer camp for boys. It also was the site of weekend youth retreats for boys ages 9-14 years.|
|1991||Salesian High School||Richmond||CA||Treasurer||School had 255-316 students, male and female.|
Salesians of Don Bosco, Foreign Missions/St. Augustine's School
|Lungi||Sierra Leone, West Africa|
Monterey bishop was Richard John Garcia (2006- )
|2011||St. Francis Youth Center||Watsonville||CA|
|2008||2011||Our Lady Help of Christians||Watsonville||CA||
|Parish had a religious education program with 370-335 students.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1967-2010 )
• Don Bosco's Charism Survives the Chaos, by Richard Demeter, donboscowest.org, April 1998.
• Guest Blog: the Salesians: Record Holder Pedophiles, by Joey Piscitelli, City of Angels, October 18, 2007
• Accused Clerics, Contra Costa Times, April 1, 2008
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This assignment record was last updated on July 6 2012