Rev. Brendan O’Donoghue

Telegram & Gazette

[Retired in 1984. Placed on leave after man filed suit in 1994 alleging that O’Donoghue sexually assaulted him at age 13 in 1978. Suit referenced 2 previous allegations. Suit settled 1999 for $300K. Transferred 12 times in 1st 15 years as priest. 1999 civil suit by a 2nd plaintiff who alleged abuse in 1962 settled in 2001. Additional suits filed in 2002 & 2004. – From database]

WORCESTER – Rev. Brendan W. O’Donoghue, 92, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the St. Francis Nursing Center.

Father O’Donoghue was born in Worcester, son of William T. and Mary E. (Carrigan) O’Donoghue.

Father O’Donoghue graduated from St. Peter’s High School and St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. He studied for the priesthood at the Seminary of Philosophy and later the Grand Seminary in Montreal, Canada. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1950 at the Cathedral of St. Paul by then Bishop John J. Wright.

He served many years as a priest in the Diocese of Worcester before retiring in 1997. St. Matthew’s Parish in Southborough was his last assignment as a Pastor. He had a strong interest in liturgical music and was choir director at several parishes during his ministry.

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