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Jesuits Name Former ABQ Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse In TX

Hannah Colton / KUNM
Jesuits began working at San Felipe de Neri parish in Old Town Albuquerquein 1868.

The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province on Friday released the names of 42 Jesuits they say have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. One of the men identified has ties to a parish in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

Alfonso Madrid was a Jesuit priest assigned to San Felipe de Neri parish in Albuquerque in the 1960s. BishopAccountability.org places him at San Felipe, as well as the Los Duranes church, between 1961 and 1966. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe does not include Madrid on its 'credibly accused' list, updated November 27.

Madrid was later accused of sexually abusing at least two boys in El Paso in the 1970s. The Jesuits and the Diocese of El Paso settled one lawsuit that named Madrid in 2013, according to the El Paso Times.

Madrid also worked in Catholic schools and churches in San Antonio and in Mexico. He died in 1982.

The Jesuits are a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers who first arrived in Albuquerque in 1868. 

On Friday, the Jesuits U.S. West Province also released a list of dozens of men they say have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse. 

Correction: This story has been edited to reflect that the Jesuits arrived in Albuquerque 150 years ago, but San Felipe de Neri was founded before then. 


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Hannah served as news director at KUNM and reported on education, Albuquerque politics, and anything public health-related. She died in November 2020.
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