March 13, 2006

Parents ask to sit on review board for archdiocese

The Seattle Times

By Janet I. Tu

Seattle Times staff reporter

Three years after their son's death, Ralph and Sue Alfieri of Redmond still go to big gatherings of his friends.

Sometimes the gatherings are in Reno, Nev., in the casinos Jeff liked to visit now and then. There, they remember the strapping guy who loved to fish, work as a business agent for a local Teamsters union, and play chess with his many nephews and nieces.

Jeff Alfieri was 43 when he killed himself in the parking lot of Kirkland's Holy Family Church. In a lawsuit he had filed, he said that a Seattle priest, Gerald Moffat, had molested him in the early 1970s while assigned to Holy Family.

These days, Ralph and Sue Alfieri hope to keep their son's memory alive another way: They've asked to serve on the Seattle Archdiocese's new review board, in part because they want to remain involved in the issue.

Posted by kshaw at March 13, 2006 07:48 AM