Rev. Michael McDonald

Summary of Case: McDonald was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused a Salinas boy repeatedly from 1964-1967, beginning when the boy was 10 years old. McDonald died in 1971.

: 1958
Died: Nov. 3, 1971


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Monterey-Fresno bishop was Aloysius Joseph Willinger, C.SS.R. (1953-1967)

1963 St. Anthony's Atwater CA 2/2 Parish had a school with 152-189 boys and 146-172 girls.
1958 1963 Immaculate Conception Buhach CA   This was a mission of St. Anthony's in Atwater.
1958 1961 U.S. Air Base Castle Field CA   This was a mission of St. Anthony's in Atwater.
1963 1964 St. Peter's LeMoore CA 2/2 Parish had a school with 156 boys and 135 girls.
1963 1964 St. Joseph's Stratford CA    
1963 1964 St. Rose's Tache Indian Reservation CA    
1964 1965 St. Patrick's Watsonville CA 2/3  


Willinger was succeeded by Harry Anselm Clinch (1967-1982) as Monterey bishop. The Monterey-Fresno diocese split in Oct. 1967.

1968 St. Mary of the Nativity


McDonald was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy repeatedly between 1964 and 1967, beginning when the boy was 10 years old.

CA 2/2 Parish had a school with 111-136 boys and 128-111 girls.



1968 Camp McCollum   CA   This was a station of St. Mary of the Nativity in Salinas.
1968 1969 St. Joseph's Capitola CA 3/3 Parish had a school with 128-149 girls.
1969 1971 St. Augustine's Scotts Valley CA 1/1 McDonald died Nov. 3, 1971


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1959-1972)

Diocese Discusses Abuse Cases, By Dan Laidman, Monterey County Herald, January 28, 2004
Church Faces Big Financial Hit from Sex-Abuse Cases, By Donna Jones, Santa Cruz Sentinel [California], January 28, 2004
Bishop Ryan's February Pastoral Letter, By Bishop of Monterey, February 4, 2004

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This assignment record was last updated on Aug. 18, 2011