Fr. Donald Joyce – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Donald Joyce

Diocese of Charlotte/Oblates

Donald Joyce Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1958

Removed: 1997

Died: 2013

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (Monroe, NC)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Mission (Wadesboro, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Donald J. Joyce:

In April of 2002, a man reported to the Diocese of Charlotte that he had been abused as a minor by Father Donald Joyce from 1973 to 1976 at Sacred Heart Catholic Mission in Wadesboro. The man said that Joyce would give him alcohol and meals and would take him on outings alone to earn his trust before touching him sexually. 

Joyce had been assigned by his religious order, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate-United States Province, to work in the Charlotte Diocese.

In 2006, a second allegation of abuse was made in a lawsuit accusing Donald Joyce of sexually abusing a minor boy in his Massachusetts parish from 1977 to 1979, starting when the boy was an 11 year old altar boy.  The suit settled out of court and the victim was given a small settlement. 

Joyce was removed from parish ministry in 1997 for reasons that have not been made public.  He was working as the theology libraries’ director at an Oblates-run college library in San Antonio, Texas when his name was included on a list of accused priests in Massachusetts in 2011.

In 2019, as part of the Diocese of Charlotte’s historical file review, the Wadesboro allegation was referred to the Diocese’s Lay Review Board, which deemed the 2002 allegation against Joyce to be credible. His name now appears on the Diocese’s list of credibly accused priests.

According to the Diocese of Charlotte, Joyce died in 2013.

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