Fr. Donal Ward – Diocese of Burlington

Father Donal Ward

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1963

Removed: 2002

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

    • 1963                Christ the King (Rutland, VT)
    • 1963-1967      St. Mary (Middlebury, VT)
    • 1967-1968      University of Notre Dame (post-grad studies) (South Bend, IN)
    • 1968-1969      Mount St. Joseph Academy (Faculty) with residence at College of St. Joseph the Provider (Rutland, VT)
    • 1969-1975      University of Notre Dame, (con’t studies) (South Bend, IN)
    • 1976-1985      North American Martyrs (Marshfield, VT)
    • 1985-1991      St. Monica (Barre, VT)
    • 1991-2002      St. Peter (Vergennes, VT) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donal Ward:

Father Donal Ward served in Vermont for approximately 39 years. According to media reports, in May 2002, he was placed on leave after being identified as an active priest with past accusations of abuse of a minor. 

In September 2002, the Attorney General referred to one priest being investigated who “groomed” a young man until he was 17 (legal age), then began a sexual relationship with him. Father Ward admitted to a consensual sexual relationship with a young adult male, but denied any grooming. 

In October 2002, He resigned from St. Peter’s upon orders of Bishop Kenneth Angell, and his public priestly faculties were revoked. He died in 2018.

In August 2019, Father ‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

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