Father George Sondergaard

Father George Sondergaard was a priest in the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Diocese of the West. He was ordained on March 20, 1977. The priest retired on August 1, 2010 and died on May 8, 2013.

Sondergaards last assignment was at All Saints of North America Mission in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This parish is a part of the OCA’s Diocese of the South.

The priest was also the Vice President of Saint Michael’s Skete, an OCA monastery in Canones, New Mexico. In additon, he served as a Director of the monastery.

From November of 1987 through May of 1991, Sondergaard was the rector of Holy Trinity Cathedral (HTC) in San Francisco, California. During the priest’s tenure at HTC a pedophile with multiple convictions, Samuel David Allen, began attending services.

Three parents from the cathedral filed police reports in 1991 alleging that Allen had abused their children. Three lawsuits were also filed on behalf of those same four children against the OCA, the Diocese of San Francisco and the West, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish, Inc., and Sondergaard. The actions alleged that Sondergaard knew Allen’s predilictions, yet negligently failed to protect those little ones who worshiped at the cathedral.

All four of the children received funds from the corporate defendants, who acknowledged in court documents that Allen hurt children at the cathedral, although they did not admit to liability. Sondergaard did not contribute to the settlements.

Lawsuits:

Doe v. OCA, Diocese of San Francisco and the West, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish, Inc., [Father ] George Sondergaard
Superior Court of the State of California
County of San Francisco
Case Number 958314 (1994)

This suit alleged that the defendants’ negligence was the proximate cause of the molestation of a two year old boy and a four year old girl. The case was settled for $272,000.00.

Doe v. OCA, Diocese of San Francisco and the West, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish, Inc., [Father ] George Sondergaard
Superior Court of the State of California
County of San Francisco
Case Number 964140 (1994)

This suit alleged that the defendants’ negligence was the proximate cause of the molestation of a two year old girl. The case was settled for an unknown amount.

Doe v. OCA, Diocese of San Francisco and the West, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish, Inc., [Father ] George Sondergaard
Superior Court of the State of California
County of San Francisco
Case Number 965838 (1994)

This suit alleged that the defendants’ negligence was the proximate cause of the molestation of a two year old girl. The case was settled for an unknown amount. The State of California was also a plaintiff in this case.