Rev. David M. MacPherson

Summary of Case: In 2003 two women, who were sisters, settled claims with the Covington diocese over allegations that MacPherson molested them in the 1960s at St. Patrick's in Maysville. He left active ministry in 1978 and was laicized in 1984. His name was included on the diocese's July 2020 list of those with substantiated allegations.

: 1967
Laicized: January 20, 1984


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Covington bishop was Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp. (1960-1978)

1970 St. Patrick's


Two women, who were sisters, accused MacPherson in 2003 of having sexually abused them when they were children at St. Patrick's. (Cincinnati Enquirer
October 14, 2003)



high school faculty member

St. Patrick's had a grade school with 133-102 boys and 99-80 girls, and a high school with 54-63 boys and 61-53 girls.

MacPherson is not indexed in the 1967 or 1968 Directories, but he is listed as at St. Patrick's in the Directories' Covington diocesan pages.

1970 1971 Mother of God Covington KY


In residence.

MacPherson is not indexed in the 1971 Directory, but he is listed as at Mother of God's in the Directory's diocesan pages.
1970    Covington Catholic High School  Covington  KY  faculty  
1971 1973         MacPherson is not indexed in the 1972 or 1973 Directories. Per the diocese on its list in 2020, Macpherson was on a leave of absence during this time.
1975    Thomas More College  Crestview Hills  KY  Director of Communication & Public Affairs   
1972 1978 Madonna Manor Villa Hills KY Chaplain

Madonna Manor was a nursing home on the property of the Benedictine sisters' St. Walburg Monastery. Also on the property were a Montessori preschool and Villa Madonna Academy, which was an all girls' grade school and high school.

Macpherson's name was included on the diocese's list of those with substantiated allegations in 2020. It notes that he left active ministry in 1978 and was laicized in 1984. (Diocese of Covington, July 2020)  

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1968-1978)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 10, 2021.