Rev. Patrick Mackan, C.R.—Assignment
Summary of Case: In 2002, a Canadian woman filed suit accusing Rev. Patrick Mackan, C.R., of sexually abusing her 1972-75, beginning when she was 17 years old. She had been raped and impregnated by another man and was befriended by Mackan, who persuaded her to carry her twin children to term and then put them up for adoption. During and after her pregnancy, Mackan is accused of having oral sex and sexual intercourse with the girl. Some of the abuse occurred during trips to the United States, where Mackan supervised other priests of the Congregation of the Resurrection.
|6/18/58||North Bay College||North Bay||Ontario||Teacher|
|7/1/69||1971||St. John's College||Brantford||Ontario||Principal|
|7/71||1974||Congregation of the Resurrection, Ontario Province||
• Accused of abusing a teenage girl while he was assistant provincial. See article.
|Ontario||Assistant Provincial||Supervised priests in Kentucky at St. Mary's College, St. Cecilia's and Resurrection parishes in Louisville, and St. Joseph's in Marion County|
|1975||1977||Scollard Hall||North Bay||Ontario||Principal||Secondary boarding school for boys.|
|1977||1978||Leave of absence|
|1984||Hope Homes||Bermuda||Founder||Wrote book, made videos, and lectured about Inclusive Education|
|1985||St. Jerome's High School||Waterloo||Ontario||Spiritual director|
|Markham||Ontario||Residence run by nuns|
Source: Information from accuser and Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kennedy & Sons, 1973-74).
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This assignment record collates Mackan's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report. We remind our readers that in the U.S. judicial system, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.
A Note on Nomenclature: We use the term "assignment record," instead of the more common "service record," because "service" is not an appropriate word for the activities of an abusive priest. Dioceses are often less than forthcoming about the activities of retired priests, but when we can determine those activities, we list them in these assignment records, particularly if they involve ministry. Retired priests remain under obedience to their bishop, and even the activities of laicized priests should be a concern to the diocese.
This assignment record was last updated 10/1/06.