Assignment Record– Rev. Donald McGurrin, o.m.i.

Summary of Case: An Oblates of Mary Immaculate priest, McGurrin was accused in a 2002 lawsuit of having sexually abused two girls in a parish in Lowell, MA while he served there between 1978-1980. He died in 1993.

: 1944
Died: July 29, 1993


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Buffalo bishop was John Aloysius Duffy (1937-1944), followed by John Francis O'Hara (1945-1951).

1950 Holy Angels Collegiate Institute (H.A.C.I.) Buffalo NY 14/14, 13/14, 10/13, 11/14

This was an Oblates of Mary minor seminary with 215-178 students.

In 1947 the seminary portion of this school was moved to Newburgh, NY.


O'Hara was succeeded by Joseph Aloysius Burke (1952-1962) .

1957? Bishop Fallon High School Buffalo NY 11/14, 12/15, 10/17, 9/20

H.A.C.I. needed more space due to growing lay enrollment, so it opened under the name "Bishop Fallon High School". It had 261-478 students, all male.

The 1957 Directory lists McGurrin as at the address for Bishop Fallon High, but he is not listed as there in the Buffalo diocesan pages.


São Paolo archbishop was Carlos Carmelo de Vasconcellos Motta (1944-1964).



1959 Chapel School Sao Paulo S.P. Brazil   The address given is Alameda Franca 889. (EProv) precedes this information in the 1958 and 1959 Directory indexes. "Chapel was founded in 1947 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate to serve the English-speaking Catholics of São Paulo, Brazil."


Burke was replaced as Buffalo bishop by James Aloysius McNulty (1963-1972).

1966? Bishop Fallon High School Buffalo NY 4/19, 5/15, 5/16

School had 545-449 students.

The 1966 Directory indexes McGurrin as at the address for Bishop Fallon, but he is not listed there in the Buffalo diocesan pages.


Miami bishop/archbishop was Coleman Francis Carroll (1958-1977).

1969? Cardinal Newman High School West Palm Beach FL 2/7, 2/6

School had 751-868 students.

The 1969 Directory indexes McGurrin as at this school, but he is not listed as there in the Miami archdiocesan pages.


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

1970 Oblate College Washington DC    


Carroll was succeeded as Miami archbishop by Edward Anthony McCarthy (1977-1994).

1978? Cardinal Newman High School West Palm Beach FL 2/9, 2/10, 3/8 School had 1,050-1,156 students.


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

1980 Sacred Heart


McGurrin was accused in a 2002 lawsuit of having sexually abused two girls between 1978 and 1980, while at this parish.

MA 2/8 Parish had a school with 410 students.


Miami archdiocese


1982 St. Stephen's Miramar FL 2/4 Parish had a school with 360-374 students.


Columbus bishop was Edward John Herrmann (1973-1982), followed by James Anthony Griffin (1983-2004).

1989 SS. Simon and Jude West Jefferson OH 1/2  
1989 1990         McGurrin is not indexed in the 1990 Directory.


Buffalo bishop was Edward Dennis Head (1973-1995).

1993 Holy Angels Buffalo NY

3/8, 5/7, 4/6

In residence.

Parish had a religious education program with 120 students.

McGurrin died July 29, 1993


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1945-1994)

Who are the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Buffalo?,, Jan. 18, 2011
Chapel School, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Former Schools on
JOHN DOE Nos. 1 -29 and MARY ROE Nos. 1 -5 v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, C. A. No. 02-4138;
Letter to Dr. Mary Jane Doherty, Chairperson of the Archdiocese of Boston Review Board, July 27, 2011
Mass. Group Discloses New Names of Accused Priests, By Jay Lindsay, Boston Globe, July 28, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on Aug. 29, 2011.