Catholic Priest

Saul Ayala

Ordained: 1971

In June of 2002, Fr. Saul Ayala was put on administrative leave following allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct involving a minor. He had been serving as pastor at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mecca, CA. Later that same year, two adult sisters filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Ayala molested them in 1988 and 1989 when the girls were 7 and 9 years old. At that time, Ayala was serving as the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Bernardino, CA. Ayala was regularly babysitting the girls at their home when he allegedly molested them. The Diocese of San Bernardino reached a settlement with the two women in April of 2004.  On a list of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct released by the Diocese of San Bernardino in October of 2018, Ayala is listed as a priest who had faced “allegations for which settlements were paid, but credibility not verified.” Ayala moved to Mexico and is now considered retired without faculties.

Father Ayala's Assignments

Does not appear in Catholic directories1972..1982
St. Edward'sCorona, CA1982..1984
St. Joseph'sBarstow, CA1984..1986
Our Lady of the DesertBaker, CA1984..1986
Our Lady of GuadalupeSan Bernardino, CA1986..1989
Holy FamilyHesperia, CA1986..1989
St. Joseph'sFontana, CA1989..1990
Does not appear in Catholic directories for 19911990..1991
Our Lady of Guadalupe ShrineMecca, CA1991..1998
Does not appear in Catholic directories for 1999..20021998..2002
Administrative leave in Mecca, CA, eventually moving to MexicoMecca, CA2002..2003