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O'BrienArthur J.1983PConvictedDiocesanAccused of abuse of 1 boy in MD between 1984-1985. Also allegation of abuse of 14 yr old boy in Boston when O'Brien was in seminary. Moved to Hawaii in 1985. Accused of abuse of boy, age 10, in 1989 in Hawaii. Convicted in 1992 on three counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault. Recd 6 month sentence (suspended) and 5 yrs probation in 1992. Placed on permanent leave in 1993.Washington, DCSource:
Honolulu Advertiser 4.8.92; Honolulu Star-Bulletin 07.28.02; Honolulu Advertiser 01.06.04; Honolulu Star-Bulletin 02.27.04; Washington Post 12.02.10
Assignments: Assignment Record
Eugene J1956PSettledJesuitsOn 1/30/97, the Jesuits, the NY Archdiocese, and Fordham Prep settled for $25K a suit alleging that O'Brien sexually abused a boy in the early 1970s. O'Brien was principal of Fordham Prep in 1960-80 and of Fairfield Prep in the Bridgeport diocese in 1983-85. He also worked at St. Peter's Prep in the Newark archdiocese in 1959-60, and in 1995-2002 was president of the fundraising foundation for the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.New York, NYSource:
Settlement 01.30.97; NY Times 10.21.08; Fordham Ram 11.07.08; The Paper of Fordham University 11.20.08; SNAP Statement 02.11.09; Fairfield Mirror 10.15.09; Connecticut Post 10.16.09; The Journal 09.07.10; The Paper 08.09.16; Fordham Ram 08.16.16
Detailed Assignment Record
O'BrienJohn BAccusedJesuitPer statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, O'Brien was named in accusation that was found to be credible or proven. He died in 1989. No further information on alleged abuse found. This may possibly be the Br. John O'Brien who taught latin at Gonzaga Prep in SpokaneSpokane, WASource:
Statement by Diocese of Spokane 11.21.07; Diocese of Spokane List of Admitted, Proven or Credibly Accused Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse 11.03.09; Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit 11.12.09
John A.1964PConvictedDiocesanO'Brien pleaded no contest 11/00 to 4th degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 18 months of probation, a $1,000 fine, & ordered to undergo 6 months of psychiatric counseling for indecently touching a 17 year old boy. He was permanently restricted from duty in 2000 and laicized 4/3/09. Multiple allegations received against him.Milwaukee, WISource:
Archdiocese of Milwaukee List of Clergy Offenders; Chicago Tribune 11.09.00; St Paul Pioneer Press 11.10.00; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 03.09.02; Statement by Archdiocese of Milwaukee 07.09.04; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 07.10.04; Statement by Archdiocese of Milwaukee 11.26.07; Laicization File 04.03.09; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 07.02.13; NBC News 07.02.13; NY Daily News w links to documents 07.02.13
Assignments: Assignment Record; Archdiocese of Milwaukee Assignment Record
John Francis1962PSuedDiocesanAccused in 6/09 civil suit of abusing one anonymous plaintiff in early 1960s. Director of CYO between 1962-2003. Died 1/03. Diocese said there had been no previous complaints. Personnal file to be released 11/09. New lawsuit filed 6/10 re abuse in 1960s.Wilmington, DESource:
BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests; CBS3 6.4.10; News Journal 6.5.10; Statement by Diocese of Wilmington 06.25.09; News Journal 06.29.09; News Journal 11.07.09
O'BrienJohn Francis BSuedCFC - Congregation of Christian BrothersSued 2005. Accused of abuse of plaintiff beginning in 1979 and lasting until 1982. At the time, plaintiff was a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. He also alleged abuse by at least two others in the order and sexual harassment and retaliation others in future assignments. NY Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit 10/09 on SOL as to claims against O'Brien.New York, NYSource:
Southern District of NY; Hoatson vs NY Archdioces et al 05-CV-10467; Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, No 07-102959; Renew America 05.17.06; Hoatson v New York Archdiocese, NY Supreme Court Decision 102958/07 10.26.09
O'BrienKevin PSuedSalesianSuit filed in March 2005 alleging sexual misconduct by O'Brien involving a student at Mary Help of Christians School in 1978 and 1979. O'Brien was principal at the school at the time. He died 1981.Miami, FLSource:
St. Petersburg Times; Tampa Bay Tribune 03.15.05
Lawrence BSuedHoly CrossIn 2003 civil suit, O'Brien was named as an abusive priest Abuse was said to have occurred in 1970s and 1980s. He abused at least one youth at Hayward's Moreau High School. O'Brien is dead.Santa Rosa, CASource:
Albany Times Union 08.06.00; San Jose Mercury News 03.30.08; Bay Area News Group 04.01.08; Contra Costa Times 04.01.08; San Jose Mercury News 04.01.08
O'BrienMichael C1965PAccusedDiocesanIn 1993 a teenage boy complained that O'Brien sexually abused him during a 1991 canoe trip. O'Brien was placed on leave and police notified. Police could not substantiate allegations and Archdiocese allowed him to return to work at the same parish. Reassigned to a new parish 1999. Placed on leave in 2004 when diocese reopened investigation. Returned to assignment within a month. Placed on leave for 3rd time 7/08 on allegations from 1960s. Laicized at own request 2/10. Included on archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegatinos against them of the sexual abuse of a minor.Seattle, WASource:
The Columbian 04.26.04; Associated Press 05.30.04; KOMO 07.07.08; Seattle Post Intelligencer 07.07.08; Seattle Times 07.07.08; Herald Net 07.08.08; Seattle Times 02.19.10; Archdiocese of Seattle List 01.15.16; Herald Net 01.15.16; KIRO 01.15.16; The Stranger 01.15.16; Edmonds Beacon 01.16.16
Archdiocese of Seattle List 01.15.16
Michael P1970PSuedDiocesanPastor of a number of archdiocesan parishes; started 'Pilgrimage for Vocations' in 1973, which were week-long walks for youth through northern NM, with sleepovers at parishes along the way. O'Brien died in 1/93 at age 48 (possibly of AIDS per plaintiff's attorney). In 2012 a man told archdiocese that he had been sexually abused by O'Brien at age 10-11 in mid-1980s when O'Brien was assigned to St. Anthony in Questa. The archdiocese provided counseling for several months but it ceased when plaintiff retained attorney. He filed civil suit 4/2/13. Three more men filed suits a few weeks later, and six more shortly thereafter. By 12/15 O'Brien was named as a perpetrator of sexual abuse vs NM boys in the 1970s-80s in 17 lawsuits, at least 9 of which had been settled. Included in Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.Santa Fe, NMSource:
Albuquerque Journal 04.02.13; KOB 04.02.13; KRQE 04.02.13; New Mexican 04.02.13; Albuquerque Journal 04.03.13; KOAT 04.03.13; KOAT 04.11.13; Albuquerque Journal 05.01.13; SNAP Statement 05.01.13; Albuquerque Journal 05.08.13; KOB 05.08.13; Albuquerque Journal 01.06.14; KOB 04.30.14; The Repbublic 11.18.14; ABQ Journal 11.19.14; Albuquerque Journal 12.06.15; Archdiocese of Santa Fe List 09.12.17; KSFR 10.11.17
Assignments: Assignment Record
Thomas1974PAccusedCrosier FathersLimited interaction with minors as of 1989. Removed from public ministry 10/4/02 for abuse of one minor. Served in Riverview MI between 1989 and 1994. May also have abused in St. Paul, MN area where he worked 1994 - 2001. Lived under restriction and performing internal administrative duties for Crosier Generalate in Rome 1999-2007. Dismissed from Order 08/05/08. Living in Ohio as of 3/14. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese list of "priests and religious brothers who have served or spent time in the archdiocese and have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them."Detroit, MISource:
Star Tribune 10.10.02; Archdiocese Status Report 11.19.02; Detroit Diocese website 10.01.09; Crosier Province Updated List of Religious Involved in Sexual Abuse of Minors 03.08.14; St Cloud Times 03.09.14; Catholic Spirit 11.03.17; St Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese Statement 11.03.17; Star Tribune 11.04.17
Assignment Record Released by Crosier Order 03.08.14
Thomas J. (Bishop)1961PSuedDiocesanPhoenix bishop 1982-2003. In 6/03 to avoid indictment on a charge of obstructing justice, admitted to covering up child sex abuse by priests, a felony. Arrested days later, charged in a fatal hit-and-run car accident. Resigned. Convicted in 2/04, received probation and community service. Accused in 8/17 lawsuit of repeated sexual abuse of a boy when he was a 2nd to 5th grader at St. Aquinas in Litchfield and St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, 1977-1982. Abuse allegedly including oral sex. O'Brien denied the allegations. Diocese notified in 9/16.Phoenix, AZSource:
Washington Post 06.03.03; Arizona Republic 06.17.03; New York Times 02.18.04; East Valley Tribune 03.27.04; Arizona Republic 08.03.17; Star Tribune 08.03.17; 12 News 08.04.17; New York Times 08.04.17; Phoenix New Times 08.07.17; USA Today 08.23.17; Arizona Republic 08.25.17
Thomas J., Msgr1950PSuedDiocesanMonsignor. Accused 5 times of abusing minors; worked as chaplain at KC Hospital until he retired 4/02. Often worked in schools. Several plaintiffs filed suit 1/04 against O'Brien and 2 other priests. Other suits filed 2004-05. Settlement of 1 suit announced 4/07. Some claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement re 12 priests. Named in new suits 2/11, 9/11 (wrongful death re suicide in 1983 of 14-yr-old alleged victim) & 11/11. Named in more than 2 doz lawsuits. Wrongful death suit settled for $2.25M 7/13 during jury selection. Died 10/13. Settlement in 2014 for $10M with 31 plaintiffs involving 13 priests, including O'Brien.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOSource:
Link to articles prior to 02.28.11; News Leader 02.28.11; Fox 4 09.01.11; Kansas City Star 09.01.11; Examiner 09.02.11; The Examiner 09.02.11; Fox 4 09.06.11; Kansas City Star 09.06.11; Fox 4 11.01.11; Statements by Diocese & SNAP 11.01.11; Kansas City Star 11.02.11; WXEL 11.03.11; The Examiner 11.05.11; SNAP 11.30.11; Kansas City Star 12.04.11; Kansas City Star 12.05.11; Kansas City Star 12.06.11; Catholic News Agency 12.20.11; Kansas City Star 12.26.11; Kansas City Star 06.29.12; SNAP Statement 05.09.13; Kansas City Star 05.16.13; SNAP Statement 05.17.13; SNAP Statement 05.17.13; Kansas City Star 07.07.13; Fox 4 07.08.13; Kansas City Star 07.08.13; KCTV 07.08.13; KMBZ 07.08.13; San Francisco Chronicle 07.08.13; SNAP Statement 07.08.13; Kansas City Star 07.09.13; KCUR 07.09.13; Kansas City Business Journal 07.12.13; KTTS 07.12.13; KCUR 07.13.13; Kansas City Star 10.22.13; MO-SNAP Press Release 10.22.13; Fox 4 10.23.13; KSHB 10.23.13; National Catholic Reporter 10.24.13; SNAP Statement re Funeral 10.24.13; Kansas City Star 11.03.13; SNAP Press Release 12.04.13; Courthouse News Service 12.11.13; Kansas City Star 04.18.17; National Catholic Reporter 08.18.17
Assignments: Assignment Record
O'BrienWilliam< 1951PSuedDiocesanSued 2003 by 2 brothers who say he abused them between 1951-1957. Died in 1967.Indianapolis, INSource:
Palladium-Item (IN) 10.09.03; Indianapolis Star 06.07.06
O'BrienWilliam1925PAccusedDiocesanDeceased. Name included on archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor.Seattle, WASource:
Archdiocese of Seattle List 01.15.16; Bellingham Herald 01.15.16; KUOW 01.15.16; The Stranger 01.15.16
Archdiocese of Seattle List 01.15.16
William John1973PSuedDiocesanAccused of abuse. Removed from public ministry 6/05. Laicized 7/06 per 5/07 article. Sued 4/06 by two victims. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07. $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Laicization information not on Diocesan list until after 8/09.Chicago, ILSource:
Archdiocese of Chicago Press Release 06.05.05; Associated Press 06.06.05; Daily Southtown 06.06.05; Chicago Archdiocesan Report 03.20.06; Chicago Sun-Times 03.21.06; Chicago Sun-Times 04.20.06; NBC5 Chicago 04.20.06; Daily Southtown 05.29.07; Chicago Sun Times 05.30.07; Chicago Archdiocesan Report 01.14.10
Assignments: Assignment Record
John F.1961PSuedDiocesanAccused of abuse of 1 in 1965-1966 per archdiocesan report addendum. Named in one lawsuit. Pastor at St. Catherine Laboure in Torrance, CA in 2011. Monsignor. Died 1/27/16.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 11.15.05; The Daily Breeze 02.07.16
LA Times Database 4.20.06
O'CarrollCharles W.1922PSuedDiocesanOrdained in Ireland; working in LA in 1923. Incardinated in LA 1929. Accused of abuse of 1 from 1956-1958 per archdiocesan report. Died 1987. Named in 1 civil suit.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report 2.17.04 page 2
LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 11.15.05; LA Times Database 4.20.06
Kenneth F.1956PSettledDiocesanParish priest Manhattan, Mt. Vernon, Larchmont. Long-time Boys Scouts chaplain; National Catholic Committee on Scouting chair 1973-75; assistant director then director of Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organizations 1973-78. Msgr. Died 11/21/84 at age 54. Accused of forcefully sodomizing a 12-yr-old boy scout in 1973 at Camp Spes Mundi in Hope Falls NY. Accuser received settlement, announced 5/17.New York, NYSource:
New York Times Obituary 11.22.84; Journal News 05.30.17; Fios 1 05.31.17; New York Daily News 05.31.17
Assignments: Assignment Record
O'ConnellLawrence PSuedDiocesanWoman filed suit 4/04 alleging that she was molested for 3 years by O'Connell (from ages 12-15). Three more women filed suits later in 2004. O'Connell died in 1986. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests.Pittsburgh, PASource:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 04.29.04; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 07.01.04; Post-Gazette 07.01.04; Post-Gazette 09.30.04; Tribune-Review 09.30.04; Post-Gazette 09.18.07
Michael W.1983PAccusedDiocesanTemporarily removed 12/13 from current position at St. Alphonsus Parish after Archdiocese received recent allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor at Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park nearly 20 yrs previously. Allegations reported to Child & Family Services and Cook County DA. On 4/15/14, Cook County Sheriff's Dept found the allegation to be unfounded. Archdiocese also said it found no reason to suspect that the abuse occurred and that he would be reinstated at St. Alphonsus. Other agencies conducting investigations have not announced their findings. New allegation received approx. 4/18/14 re abuse of different boy in in 1990s at same parish. Police reopened investigation but O'Connell had yet to be removed for a 2nd time. He was to avoid the parish school and not be alone with a child.Chicago, ILSource:
Chicago Sun-Times 12.08.13; Statement by Archdiocese of Chicago 12.08.13; WGN 12.08.13; ABC 7 12.09.13; CBS Chicago 12.09.13; Chicago Sun-Times 12.09.13; Chicago Tribune 12.09.13; Lake Forest Patch 12.09.13; SNAP Statement 12.09.13; Orland Park Patch 12.10.13; Orland Park Patch 12.11.13; Regional News 12.19.13; CBS Chicago 04.15.14; Chicago Sun-Times 04.15.14; Chicago Tribune 04.15.14; DNAinfo Chicago 04.15.14; NBC Chicago 04.15.14; SNAP Statement 04.15.14; Southtown Star 04.15.14; Statement by Archdiocese of Chicago 04.15.14; Vivelo Hoy 04.15.14; WGN 04.15.14; WLS 04.15.14; Catholic League 04.16.14; CBS Chicago 04.21.14; NBC Chicago 04.21.14; SNAP Media Statement 04.21.14; WGN 04.21.14; Chicago Sun-Times 04.22.14; Daily Reporter 04.22.14; Lakeview Patch 04.22.14; SNAP Statement 04.22.14; Telemundo Chicago 04.22.14; WLS 04.22.14; Chicago Sun-Times 04.23.14; Lakeview Patch 04.23.14; SNAP Statement 04.23.14; Daily Journal (incomplete) 04.25.14; WLS ABC 7 04.27.14; IL SNAP Statement 09.20.14
O'ConnellVincent A.  ?PSuedC.S.Sp. (Spiritan)Native of Ireland. Worked in Nigeria. Came to Fresno as visiting priest between assignments in 1970. Assigned to St. Anthony of Padua in Fresno. Accused in 2013 civil suit of manually raping a 16 yr old girl. Her father died suddenly and O'Connell spent a lot of time with family before raping her. He currently lives in home for the Holy Ghost Fathers in Dublin, Ireland. In 2012, same woman filed separate suit against Arch of San Francisco for not doing anything when told of the abuse in 2003..Fresno, CASource:
Fresno Bee 5.8.13; The Journal (Ireland) 05.14.13
O'ConnellWilliam C.1950PConvictedDiocesanBecame Navy chaplain 1953-58 after being in 2 parishes in 3 years. Resigned to avoid court martial for criminal homosexual contact. Reassigned in Providence. Abuse of 3 boys in 1965-72 is alleged in suit settled 6/11/93 and 10/31/94 RICO suit. Pled guilty to abuse of 3 boys 1972-85; sentenced 6/23/86 to 5 years, 4 suspended. Sent to St. Luke's. Retired 1986 to Camden. Pled guilty 12/19/94 to sexual assault & making child porn; got 10 years 2/95. Other suits. part of 9/9/02 and 3/03 settlements. Died 5/12/96.Providence, RISource:
Associated Press 02.25.85; Associated Press 06.24.86; San Jose Mercury News 12.31.87; Washington Post 06.11.93; NY Times 10.13.93; Providence Journal-Bulletin 07.03.94; Providence Journal-Bulletin 07.13.94; Providence Journal Bulletin 12.21.94; Providence Journal Bulletin 02.05.95; Providence Journal Bulletin 09.21.96; Philadelphia Inquirer 07.21.02; Providence Journal-Bulletin 08.18.02; Providence Journal-Bulletin 09.10.02; Star-Ledger 03.14.03; Philadelphia Inquirer 10.16.05; Providence Journal 11.21.14
; Assignment Record
O'Connell (Bp)
Anthony J.1963PSettledDiocesanBishop of Knoxville from 1988-1998 and Bishop of Palm Beach from 1998 to 2002. Resigned 3/02 after accusations he abused student at Jefferson City Mo seminary prior to becoming bishop. 2 claims settled 2004 for $5K each pd by O'Connell and more from Jefferson City Diocese. Numerous other claims from MO. None known from the Palm Beach Diocese. New accusers in MO came forward 5/12, shortly after O'Connell's death on 5/4/12.Jefferson City, MOSource:
Collection of Articles prior to 05.07.12; Catholic News Service 05.08.12; SNAP Statement 05.09.12; St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.09.12; National Catholic Reporter 05.11.12; SNAP Statement 05.17.12; Post and Courier 04.25.14
Assignments: Assignment Record
O'ConnorCornelius F.1946PAccusedDiocesanAccused in 2008 of sexually abusing a boy at Our Lady of the Assumption in Carmichael CA, beginning in 1987 when the victim was 8 years old. Parents say diocese admitted there were other victims. O'Connor was a dean 1968-72, held diocesan offices 1972-86, and was made monsignor in 1979. He died in approx. 1990.Sacramento, CASource:
KFBK 01.31.08
Detailed Assignment Record
O'ConnorDonal P.1955PSuedDiocesanNative of Ireland. Accused of abuse of 3 from 1959-1961 per archdiocesan report. Placed on leave and then retired 2002 without faculties. Named in at least 1 civil suit. Personnel file released 1/13.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report 2.17.04 page 2; The Patch 2.3.13
LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 10.12.05; LA Times Database 4.20.06
Donald1964PAccusedDiocesanHis mental stability had been questioned as far back as seminary. Removed from ministry in 5/02 after Diocese learned of allegations that he abused an adolescent boy between 1967-1970. Diocese said allegations were substantiated and O'Connor "acknowledged that the incident had occurred." Other accusers also known. Former police chaplain. Died in 2011. Revealed 5/16/13 that even after privileges were removed, he was paid to say mass intentions (stipends). Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files finally released 4/30/14.Joliet, ILSource:
Associated Press 05.18.02; Chicago Tribune 05.19.02; Diocese of Joliet Press Release 04.09.06; Chicago Sun-Times 04.11.06; Herald News 05.17.06; Diocese of Joliet List of Priests with Credible Allegations 03.12.13; My Suburban Life 03.12.13; Statement by the Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet 03.12.13; WGN 03.12.13; ABC 7 News 03.20.13; O'Connor personnel documents from Joliet 03.20.13; WLS 03.21.13; WLS 05.17.13; Huffington Post 05.21.13; Anderson Advocates Timeline 04.30.14; Chicago Sun-Times 04.30.14; Diocese of Joliet List of Priests with Credible Allegations 04.30.14; Joliet Patch 04.30.14; O'Connor Personnel Files from David Rudofski Archives 04.30.14; SNAP Statement 04.30.14; WLS 04.30.14; Daily Journal 05.01.14
O'ConnorGavin1977PAccusedDiocesanPer 5/02 article, two brothers had previously filed separate suits alleging abuse by O'Connor. One settled in 1989, the other in 1998 for $200,000. Bishop Egan suspended O'Connor in Jan. 1989 and pursuaded him to leave priesthood. Egan personally took laicization petition to Rome. March 1998 article says he was laicized in 1989. 6/02 article says that Egan paid O'Connor approx. $17,000 - $20,000 to cover personal debts and living expenses when he left the priesthood.Bridgeport, CTSource:
Hartford Courant 03.17.02; Hartford Courant 05.18.02; New York Times 05.18.02; Hartford Courant (AP) 05.19.02; NY Post 05.19.02; NY Daily News 05.20.02; Chicago Sun Times 06.19.02; Connecticut Post 12.01.09
Assignment Record Compiled by Law Firm
O'ConnorJames1969PSuedDiocesanA man filed civil suit 12/03 alleging sexual abuse as a child by O'Connor 1969-71, at St. Mary's Church in Waco TX. The 2002 Catholic Directory showed O'Connor to be "on leave". Another man filed suit in 3/16, accusing O'Connor of sexually assaulting him as a child. He said the priest cornered him at school and shoved his hands down his [the boy's] shorts. The diocese stated in 3/16 that O'Connor was removed from ministry in 12/03, but remained a priest of the diocese.Austin, TXSource:
Austin American-Stateman 12.24.03; Austin American-Statesman 01.06.04; Austin Chronicle 04.01.16
John J.1960PAccusedDiocesanIn 8/02 O'Connor was "quietly" placed on leave by San Francisco Archdiocese after recent allegation that he had had improper contact with a boy more than 30 years ago. O'Connor told parish at St. Mary's Cathedral that he was going on leave of absence for health and personal reasons. He has been shown as absent on leave since 2005 Catholic Directory. Died 03/15/13.San Francisco, CASource:
San Francisco Chronicle 08.29.02; SF Weekly 05.21.03; San Francisco 09.22.05; San Francisco Chronicle 03.20.13
Assignments: Assignment Record
John Justin BAccusedCFC - Congregation of Christian BrothersTwo former students at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx came forward 4/12 to allege they were abused in mid-1980s by O'Connor, then Dean of Discipline. He left the school in 1987 and left the order "within the past few years." The Order filed bankruptcy 4/11 and that opened the doors for the allegations to be made. He was also Student, Teacher & Principal at Power Memorial Academy.New York, NYSource:
WPIX 04.26.12; Voice from the Desert 05.13.12; New York Daily News 05.30.16
Patrick J.1985PConvictedDiocesanRemoved 9/03 after review board found credible a recent claim that he had sexually abused a child in late 1980s at St. Joseph's in Cuyahoga Falls (1st assignment after ordination). He denied allegation. Was teaching at Borromeo Seminary in 2003. Cleared by the Vatican and returned to active status 9/07 with restrictions. "Resigned from priesthood" 6/08 after allegations of abuse of 15 yr old boy in 1997. Indicted 8/09. Pleaded guilty 9/09. Sentenced to 90 days jail 12/09. Sued by accuser 7/11.Cleveland, OHSource:
Beacon Journal 7.9.08; Chronicle-Telegram 9.3.09; Morning Journal 7.8.08; Morning Journal 7.9.08; Plain Dealer 7.8.08; WKYC 7.8.08; Plain Dealer 10.28.03; Akron Beacon Journal 10.29.03; Plain Dealer 12.04.07; Beacon Journal 12.05.07; Chronicle-Telegram 08.28.09; Chronicle-Telegram 09.16.09; Chronicle-Telegram 12.12.09; Chronicle-Telegram 12.14.09; Chronicle-Telegram 12.15.09
EDGE Boston 12.21.09 (add'l article); Cleveland Plain Dealer 1.5.10 (add'l article); Chronicle-Telegram 7.2.11 (add'l article); Morning Journal 7.2.11 (add'l article); Chronicle-Telegram 8.3.11(add'l article); Assignment Record
Paul Cornelius1929PAccusedJesuitOne pending claim against O'Conner shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks Diocese 1/25/10. Worked at Pilot Station from 1931-1933 and at Hooper Bay from 1946-1953. Died 03/08/79.Fairbanks, AKSource:
Alaskan Shepherd June-July 2003: Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Hooper Bay, Alaska: 1928-2003; Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese 01.25.10; Pilot Station - Saint Charles Spinola Catholic Church Website 01.25.10
Assignments: Assignment Record
O'ConnorRichard PSuedDiocesanMan filed lawsuit 1/07 alleging he was abused by O'Connor and another priest, Anthony King, in mid-1960s when he was a high school student. O'Connor was a priest and teacher at St. Peter the Apostle Seminary in Cowiche. Abuse by O'Connor occurred before the seminary was closed and students and priests were transferred to Seattle. O'Connor is deceased. Case settled 1/10 for $150K total.Yakima, WASource:
Yakima Herald-Republic 1.9.07; Yakima Herald-Republic 7.4.10; Yakima Herald-Republic 10.21.11; Yakima Herald Republic 01.15.13
O'ConnorThomas J. PSuedDiocesanFour brothers filed suit 12/03 alleging abuse by O'Connor and 4 other priests from 1967-1983. One brother said he was abused by O'Connor and 3 of the other 4 priests. None of the brothers knew that the others were being abused. They complained to Diocese 8/02 but nothing done. Also named by one in mid-2004 civil suit and another in 12/04 suit. Died. One claim settled 2008.Springfield, MASource:
Iobsserve 1.7.05; Springfield Republican 8.3.04; Springfield Republican 12.13.03; Springfield Republican 12.30.04; Press Release by The Office of Stobierski & Stobierski, 12.03.08
Loren1993PAccusedDiocesanOrdained in 1993 after retiring from career in social work. Given senior (retired) priest status in 1997. Served as Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington. Two complaints received 2012 and O'Dea was removed without privileges 10/12. Allegations deemed "substantive" by Review Board and date back to just prior to his ordination. Sheriff's office notified. Died 10/14/15, age 87.Detroit, MISource:
Statement by Archdiocese of Detriot 10.06.12; Click on Detroit 10.07.12; Oakland Press 10.07.12; WXYZ 10.07.12; CBS Detroit 10.08.12; Detroit News 10.08.12; Hometown Life 10.11.12; Obituary 10.14.15
Thomas E.1960PAccusedDiocesanMan came forward in 1993 to allege that he had been molested by O'Dea in 1960s in a school basement when he was 12 years old. Same man also said he was abused by James Porter when the two priests worked at the same church. Review board unanimously found "insufficient evidence of improper activity" and Bishop O'Malley allowed O'Dea to continue as active priest until his death in 1/99. Fall River, MASource:
Boston Globe 07.02.92; Boston Herald 12.08.93; Providence Journal Bulletin 01.16.94; Standard Times 01.21.99; Standard Times 01.31.99
Jack BSuedClerics of St. ViatorCivil suit filed in 1996 accuses Br. O'Dell of abuse of 1 youth at St. Viator High School between 1980 and 1984 and for 4 yrs after graduation. Suit dismissed by Court on SOL and dismissal upheld by Court of Appeals 1998. 2nd individual came forward in 2002 to allege abuse in approx 1974. Order said in 2003 that it could not substantiate allegations. Order settled w/ this man in 2005. O'Dell died 9/1998.Chicago, ILSource:
In re John Doe v. Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, 703 N.E.2d 413; Chicago Tribune 09.22.88; In the Matter of John Doe v. Catholic Archbishop of Chicago et al, Cause No. 96-008465, 07.12.96
O'DohertyAloysius A1940PSuedDiocesanPer 2002 civil suit, he is accused of abuse of an 11 yr old girl in 1950. May have served at one time with convicted abuser Thomas Laughlin.Portland, ORSource:
Statesman-Journal 11.19.02; The Oregonian 11.19.02; Table: The Oregonian 11.12.06
O'DohertyLiam1965PSettledDiocesanFirst indicted by Grand Jury in 1979 for sexual contact with three 14 yr old girls. Case dismissed after 6 months (when no further complaints received) and Diocese put him back to work. "Absent on sick leave" w/o privileges as of 1999. Beginning in 2000, 4 women filed separate suits alleging that he abused them in 1980s and 1990s. All settled 1/03 for total of $180K. Living at Vianney Renewal Center in MO in 1/03. He is apparently subject to severe restrictions as to his movements.Ogdensburg, NYSource:
Press Republican 7.2.02; Watertown Daily Times 1.6.04; North Country Daily 12.15.99; Post-Standard 03.23.02; Post-Standard 05.12.02; Newsday 01.29.03; Post-Standard 01.29.03; Press Republican 01.31.03; 04.17.07
O'Donahueunknown PAccusedCFC - Congregation of Christian BrothersOne of 7 brothers accused of abuse of 3 youths at Kent's Briscoe Memorial School and/or O'Dea high school in civil suit filed 1/04. Abuse is said to have occurred between 1940s and 1960s.Seattle, WASource:
R.E. v.Cath Arch Seattle; King County, WA; #04-2-00112-9; Seattle Times 01.08.04
Henry B.1949PAccusedDiocesanAccused 12/8/05 of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in 1950 in Washington DC. The girl's mother allegedly discovered O'Donnell in the act of forcibly kissing her daughter as well as touching the girl's breasts and genitals beneath her clothes. O'Donnell was diocesan secretary or chancellor at the time. The kissing was allegedly repeated by then-Msgr. O'Donnell when the girl was age 18, and he is accused of verbally abusing her at age 27 in a sexual manner. O'Donnell was then vicar general.Steubenville, OHSource:
Hanes-Martinez Testimony 12.08.05
Detailed Assignment Record
Patrick G.1971PSettledDiocesanRemoved 1985. Abused at least 65 boys in 1970s-1980s in Spokane & Seattle. Worked as a psychologist for teens in Bellevue after leaving active priesthood. Sanctioned in 1984 for abuse while a priest. Sanctions lifted 1986. License permanently removed 1/04. At least 2 victims committed suicide. Named in new suit filed 2/08 by 4. Admitted guilt and settled 11/08 for $5M but can't pay. Two plaintiffs settled before 5/09 trial; Last 2 plaintiffs settled during trial. Settlements 5/12. Name included on archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.Spokane, WASource:
Links to Articles; Diocese of Spokane List of Admitted, Proven or Credibly Accused Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse 11.03.09; Spokesman Review 01.03.10; Spokesman Review 01.20.10; Spokesman Review 01.21.10; Behavioral Health Central 01.28.10; Spokesman Review 03.12.10; Spokesman Review 10.28.10; Spokesman Review 05.26.12; Spokesman Review 10.10.12; SNAP Statement 09.20.14; Archdiocese of Seattle list 01.15.16; The Stranger 01.15.16
Detailed Assignment Record
O'DonnellRobert J1966PSuedDiocesanAccused in 3/13/13 civil suit of 'multiple instances of unpermitted, harmful and offensive sexual conduct' with a teenage boy in about 1974, when O'Donnell was co-pastor of the Cathedral of St Helena, where he was named coordinator in 1977. Chancellor of Helena diocese from 1981 to 1985, when he was put on leave. Arrived in Hawaii 6/86, working in a Honolulu parish and at St Anthony's in Kailua. Incardinated in Hololulu diocese in 1989. Came to Holy Trinity in Honolulu in 1989 and became pastor there in 1992. Died 7/29/95. Buried with credibly accused priest Msgr William D Spain in Kaneohe HI.Helena, MTSource:
Letter from Msgr Spain to Bishop Maher 01.12.89; Grave Marker 07.29.95; Obituary 07.29.95; Independent Record 03.24.13; Helena Diocese List of Accused Priests 04.29.15
Helena Diocese List of Accused Priests 04.29.15; Obituary 07.29.95
O'DonnellTerence (Terry)1970PSuedSalesian

ATLANTA—Father Denis F. Dullea, a longtime priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, died Sunday, Feb. 25. Born Jan. 28, 1935, in Cork City, Ireland, he was 83 at the time of his death and resided at St. George Village in Roswell.

The son of Denis and Nora O’Sullivan Dullea, he attended St. Finbarr’s Seminary, Farranferris, Cork City, for secondary school, followed by St. Patrick’s College, Carlow, Ireland.

Father Denis F. Dullea
Photo By Michael Alexander

In a 2016 commentary on discerning his vocation, Father Dullea wrote, “It was not until about halfway through college that I got very serious about becoming a priest and prayed with greater intensity to the Blessed Virgin to show me what God’s will was for me and to do what he wanted me to do. By the time I finished college, I had my mind made up firmly to become a priest.”

He was ordained a priest on June 10, 1961, at St. Patrick’s by Bishop Thomas Keogh, of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.

Initially he had hoped to serve in nearby England so that he could see his parents more often. However, a friend of his family, Bishop Cornelius Lucey, of the Diocese of Cork and Ross, Ireland, asked him to consider going to the United States to serve under Archbishop Gerald P. O’Hara, who was then the bishop of the Diocese of Savannah-Atlanta. Father Dullea said that he prayed and thought about it and finally decided to go to Georgia “in blind faith.” After the split of the diocese in 1956, Msgr. P. J. O’Connor, the vocations director who was instrumental in recruiting priests to serve the Catholic Church in the South, brought Father Dullea to Atlanta after his ordination.

During his years of ministry, Father Dullea served as pastor of St. Joseph Church, Dalton, from 1967 to 1971 and as pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Milledgeville, from 1971 to 1975.

He was also priest-in-charge of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Mission, then in Manchester, and the chaplain at DeKalb General Hospital in Decatur. His other assignments included service as parochial vicar at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Sandy Springs; as chaplain at the Monastery of the Visitation, Snellville; as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Carrollton; as administrator at Holy Cross Church, Atlanta; and as parochial vicar at Holy Cross; St. John the Evangelist Church, Hapeville; St. Anthony of Padua Church, Atlanta; and Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Decatur.

Father Dullea said that the Blessed Virgin Mary “took great care of me, her bambino. Jesus, of course, brought me to the priesthood” through her intercession. In 1978, he became a member of the Marian movement of priests, increasing his devotion to Mother Mary.

He said, “I am glad that Jesus made Mary my Mother at the foot of the cross just before he died.”

Father Dullea is survived by his sisters, Hannah Dullea, of Plymouth, England; Eileen O’Neill, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Nora Dullea, of Realto, California; Catherine Wire, of Riverstown, Cork, Ireland; his brothers, Charles Dullea, of The Lough, Cork, Ireland; and John Dullea, of Swindon, England.

The funeral Mass was to be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Donations in Father Dullea’s memory may be made to Archdiocese of Atlanta, Priest Retirement Fund, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna, GA 30080 or online at


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