Assignment Record– Rev. Donald Joyce, O.M.I.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order ordained in1958, Joyce worked in Washington DC, Buffalo NY, Grand Rapids MI, Monroe NC, Lowell MA and San Antonio TX. He was an educatior, librarian, parish assistant and pastor. Joyce's name was included on a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011. Joyce was accused of fondling and attempting to rape an altar boy at a Massachusetts parish from 1977 to 1979. His accuser received a settlement in 2006.

In December 2019 the Charlotte diocese revealed that it had received an allegation in 2002 that Joyce sexually abused a boy from 1973 to 1976 at Sacred Heart Catholic Mission in Wadesboro, NC.

Joyce was removed from ministry in 1997 and worked for many years at an Oblates library in San Antonio, TX. He died in 2013.

: 1958
Died: 2013



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1958 1959       Joyce is not indexed in the 1958 Directory.


Washington archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973).

1960 Oblate College Washington DC    


Buffalo bishop was Joseph Aloysius Burke (1952-1962), followed by James Aloysius McNulty (1963-1972).

1969 Bishop Fallon High School Buffalo NY   School had 535-449 students.


Grand Rapids bishop was Joseph Matthew Breitenbeck (1969-1989).

1973 Immaculate Heart of Mary Grand Rapids MI 3/3, 3/5, 3/3 Parish had a school with 446-359 students.


Charlotte bishop was Michael Joseph Begley (1971-1984).

1976 Our Lady of Lourdes Monroe NC 1/1  
1973 1976 St. Joseph's Monroe NC   This was a chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes.
1973 1976 Sacred Heart Wadesboro

Per the Charlotte diocese in December 2019, it received an allegation in 2002 that Jocye sexually abused a boy at Sacred Heart from 1973 to 1976.
NC   This was a mission of Our Lady of Lourdes.


Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1982 Sacred Heart


Joyce was accused in a lawsuit settled in 2006 of sexually abusing a Sacred Heart altar boy 1977-1979, when the boy was 11-13 years-old. He is said to have given the boy alcohol and meals, and to have taken him alone on outings. Allegations include fondling and attempted rape.


1/9, 1/8, 1/6

Superior and Pastor

Parish had a school with 470-370 students.
1982 1983         Joyce is not indexed in the 1983 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous or subsequent assignments.


Washington archbishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1980-2000).

1985 Oblate College Washington DC 11/24  


Buffalo bishop was Edward Dennis Head (1973-2003).

1987 Nardin Academy High School Buffalo NY Chaplain School had 380 girls.
1987 1988         Joyce is not indexed in the 1988 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous or subsequent assignments.



1989 Oblate College Washington DC 17/20  
1989 1994 Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Provincial Residence Washington DC Director 1989-1992, then 8/10, 7/10, 7/18  
1994 1998 Oblate College Washington DC 7/18, 5/15, 6/18, 7/16 The 1997 and 1998 Directories also note Joyce to be at the the Oblate Center for Mission Studies.


San Antonio archbishop was Patrick Fernandez Flores (1979-2004), followed by Jose Horacio Gomez (2004-2010).

2011 Oblate School of Theology San Antonio TX Library Director  
2007 2008         Joyce in not indexed in the 2008 Directory.


In May 2010 Oscar Cantu replaced Gomez as San Antonio archbishop. Cantu resigned in October 2010 and was succeeded by Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. (October 2010-).

2011 Oblate Madonna Residence San Antonio TX  

This is listed in the Directories under "Homes for the Aged".

A January 2011 google search shows Joyce to be Director of Libraries at Oblate College in San Antonio. It also shows his academic degrees and work history. When confronted by SNAP after the news of the the settlement involving Joyce, the Oblates stated that Joyce had not been in active ministry for many years, was not functioning as a priest and did not have permission to do so.

Joyce died in 2013.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1959-2010)

Mass. Clergy Abuse Lawyer Lists Names of Accused, Associated Press, January 19, 2011
Boston Priests Not Previously Identified As Accused, January 19, 2011
Church's Accused Abusers Named Online, Boston Channel, January 19, 2011
Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Served in Fairhaven Church, By Jay Lindsay, Herald News, January 19, 2011
Lawyer Reveals List of 19 Priests Accused of Sex Abuse, Metrowest Daily News, January 19, 2011
Rev. Donald Joyce, OM, Director of Libraries, Oblate School of Theology, accessed January 22, 2011
Lawsuit Triggers Demonstration at Oblate School of Theology, By James Munoz, KENS, January 26, 2011
SA Priest Tied to Boston Sex Abuse Scandal, By Simon Gutierrez, KSAT, January 26, 2011
Silence on Accused Priest Is Denounced, By Abe Levy, The Express-News, January 26, 2011
The Missing Names from Cardinal O'Malley's List of Accused Clerics, Boston Globe, November 20, 201


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This assignment record was last updated on January 8, 2020.