Fr. Pearse P. Donovan

Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Accused in a 2003 civil suit of molesting a boy beginning in 1978 at St. Clement, and of later passing him on to an abusive Holy Cross brother, Lawrence O’Brien. During this same time period, Donovan was being treated for alcoholism at two treatment centers. He served as Superintendent of Schools 1963-1972. Removed from ministry/retired 1983. Died 9/12/86. On the diocese’s list in 2019. It notes abuse having occurred 1978-80.


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