Fr. Donald Joyce (Oblates) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Donald Joyce

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1958

Removed: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1960      Oblate College (Washington, DC)
  • 1960-1969      Bishop Fallon High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1969-1973      Immaculate Heart of Mary (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • 1973-1976      Our Lady of Lourdes (Monroe, NC)
  • 1973-1976      St. Joseph’s (Monroe, NC)
  • 1973-1976      Sacred Heart  (Wadesboro, NC)
  • 1976-1982      Sacred Heart  (Lowell, MA)
  • 1982-1983      Unknown
  • 1983-1985      Oblate College (Washington, DC)
  • 1985-1987      Nardin Academy High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1987-1988      Unknown
  • 1988-1989      Oblate College (Washington, DC)
  • 1989-1994      Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Provincial Residence (Washington, DC)
  • 1994-1998      Oblate College (Washington, DC)
  • 1998-2011      Oblate School of Theology (San Antonio, TX)
  • 2007-2008      Unknown
  • 2008-2011      Oblate Madonna Residence (San Antonio, TX)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Joyce:

Father Donald Joyce was a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order. He worked in the archdioceses of Washington DC, and Boston, Massachusetts, as well as the dioceses of Buffalo NY, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Charlotte, North Carolina and San Antonio, Texas. According to media reports, he was named in a lawsuit alleging he fondled and attempted to rape an 11-year old altar boy in Massachusetts, from 1977 to 1979. According to the alleged victim, Father Joyce gave him alcohol, paid for meals and took him on secluded outings. He took him and two other altar boys on an extended month long trip along the northeastern coast, paying for lodging and expensive meals. It was then Father Joyce tried to rape the boy.

The case was settled for an undisclosed amount with the Archdiocese of Boston. As of 2011, he has been barred from working as a priest. Since then he has been working as Director of Libraries at Oblate College in San Antonio, a job that “does not involve minors.” 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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