Fr. Donald Bolton (Redemptorist) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Donald Bolton  

Diocese of Brooklyn


Ordained: 1952

Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1953-1954      Mount St. Alphonsus (Esopus, NY) 
  • 1955-1959      Bela Vista (Mato Grosso, Brazil) 
  • 1960-1962      Campo Grande (Mato Grosso, Brazil) 
  • 1963-1967      Bela Vista (Mato Grosso, Brazil) 
  • 1968-1969      Monte Alegre (Parana, Brazil) 
  • 1970                Rocio (Parana, Brazi)l 
  • 1971-1974      Notre Dame Retreat House (Canandaigua, NY) 
  • 1975-1984      St. Gregory Thaumaturgus (North East, PA)
  • 1985-1987      Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1988-1990      Holy Family Retreat House (Hampton, VA)
  • 1990-2003      St. Alphonsus Villa-Redemptorist Fathers and Brother (New Smyrna Beach, FL) 
  • 2004-2006      St John Neumann Residence (Saratoga Springs, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Bolton:

Father Donald Bolton was ordained a Redemptorist priest. According to media reports, he was accused of sexually abusing a minor girl between 1974 and 1984, while serving at St. Gregory Thaumaturgus in North East, Pennsylvania. The girl’s parents reported the abuse to the Redemptorist Fathers, who reportedly promised the parents that Father Bolton would not be permitted to work with children. 

In 1986, the parents learned that he was reassigned to teach at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, New York, and reported Father Bolton to the police. In November 1986, he was charged with one count each of indecent assault and corruption of minors. He pleaded guilty and in February 1987, he was sentenced to three years’ probation. 

Father Bolton was named in the 2018 Pennsylvania Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury in the subsections “Diocese of Erie” and “Offenders Identified by the Grand Jury.” His status as a priest, and whether he had access to children from 1987 until his death in 2006 are unknown.

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