Assignment Record – Rev. Dominic Doyle, s.j.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), ordained in 1950, Doyle worked in high schools in Missoula MT and Spokane WA. He also did parish ministry in the dioceses of Boise City ID, Great Falls MT, and Spokane WA. He was involved for many years as a missionary with native Americans on reservations in Washington State and Idaho. In a 2002 lawsuit Doyle was accused of sexually abusing a girl for years, beginning when she was 15 years-old and he was nearly 60. His accuser said she met him when she attended horse camp on the Kalipsel Reservation in Washington. The allegations were deemed credible by the Spokane diocese. Doyle died in 2005.

Ordained: 1950
Died: 2005


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1951 Alma College Alma CA   Throughout Doyle's Directory listings, his middle initial alternates between "W" and "G". In one instance it is "M".


Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1952 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertianship  


Spokane bishop was Charles Daniel White (1926-1955), followed by Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1956 Mount St. Michael's Scholasticate Spokane WA Indian missionary  


Boise CIty bishop was James Joseph Byrne (1956-1962).

1957 Sacred Heart, Coeur d'Alene Indian Mission Desmet ID 2/2 Sacred Heart Mission had a school with 30 boys and 43 girls.
1956 1957 Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Plummer ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.
1956 1957 St. Michael's Worley ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.


Helena bishop was Joseph Michael Gilmore (1935-1962).

1958 Loyola High School Missoula MT   Loyola HIgh had 126 students, all male.
1958 1960 Gonzaga Prep. High School Spokane WA   Gonzaga High had 688-745 students.


Great Falls bishop was William Joseph Condon (1939-1967).

1962 Our Lady of Loretto Lodge Grass MT 1/1 This parish was attended from St. Xavier's Mission. It had a school with 46 students.
1960 1962 St. Anthony's Wyola MT   This was a mission of Our Lady of Loretto in Lodge Grass.
1962 1965 Mount St. Michael's Scholasticate Spokane WA    


Topel was succeeded as Spokane bishop by Lawrence Harold Welsh (1978-1990).

1987 Gonzaga Prep. High School Spokane WA   Gonzaga Prep. had 610-1,071 students.
1979 1992 Our Lady of Sorrows

Usk, Kalispel Reservation

In a 2002 lawsuit a woman who accused Doyle of having sexually abused her for years, beginning when she was 15 years-old, and Doyle was almost 60. His accuser said she attended a horse camp that Doyle ran on the Kalispel Reservation. The Spokane diocese deemed the accusations credible.

WA 1/1  
1985 1996 Jesuit Indian Minority Services Spokane WA    


Boise bishop was Tod David Brown (1988-1998).

1996 Sacred Heart Desmet ID 2/3  
1992 1996 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Plummer ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.
1992 1996 St. Michael's Worley ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.
1996 2000         Doyle is not indexed in the 1997-2000 Directories.


William Stephen Skylstad replaced Wesh as Spokane bishop (1990-2010).

2003 Regis Community Spokane WA    
    Our Lady of Lourdes Fruitland WA assistant pastor This assignment is per news reports.
2003 2004         Doyle is not indexed in the 2004 Directory.
2004 2005 Regis Community Spokane WA   Doyle died in 2005.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1951-2005)

Sex Abuse Suit Names Church, Pope. Woman Says Priest Sexually Abused Her for Years, By Carla K. Johnson, Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA), October 22, 2002
Women Accuse Priests of Abuse, Claims against Spokane Diocese Now Total at Least $58 Million, By Virginia de Leon, Spokesman Review [Spokane WA], May 21, 2004
Non-Monetary Undertakings of the Spokane Diocese, Diocese of Spokane , November 21, 2007
A Safe Environment for Children & Youth, Catholic Diocese of Spokane, November 3, 2009
Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit, November 13, 2009

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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 5, 2013