Fr. Charles O’Donoghue – Diocese of Trenton

Father Charles O’Donoghue

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969 St. Dominic (Brick Town, NJ)
  • 1977-2019 Unknown
  • 1970-1976 St. Catherine (Spring Lake, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles O’Donoghue:

Father Charles O’Donoghue was a member of a religious order based in Ireland known as the Irish Spiritans, also known as Father of the Holy Ghost. According to media reports in July 2009, a civil suit was filed alleging the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl and her 8-year-old old brother by a John O’Donoghue at St. Catharine Parish in Spring Lake, from 1972 to 1974. The Diocese of Trenton said that Charles O’Donoghue was assigned there from 1969 to1974, but there were no record of a “John.” In 2002, the Diocese of Trenton received a letter informing them of the alleged abuse by Charles O’Donoghue. In July 2009, another letter was received regarding John. Both letters were turned over to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Charles O’Donoghue returned to Ireland in 1975 and is believed to have died in 1986.

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