Catholic Priest

John J. Brenkle

Ordained: 1958

In 2005, the father of a St. Helena boy alleged that John J. Brenkle abused his son in 1995. Police investigated but found no evidence of wrongdoing. In the years that followed, Brenkle’s involvement in panels that assessed abuse allegation against clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa was controversial due to this prior accusation. Brenkle retired in 2013.