Fr. Malachy McGinn – Diocese of San Diego

Father Malachy McGinn

Diocese of San Diego

Malachy McGinn Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1961 M

Died: 1997

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1962-1967:      St. Rita (San Diego, CA)
  • 1968:                St. Patrick (Carlsbad, CA)
  • 1969:                St. Rita (San Diego, CA)
  • 1970-1972:      St. Therese (San Diego, CA)
  • 1972-1974:      Blessed Sacrament (Twentynine Palms, CA)
  • 1974-1981:      Our Lady of Assumption (San Bernardino, CA)
  • 1981-1985:     St. Margaret Mary (Chino, CA)
  • 1985-1997:      St. Theresa (Palm Springs, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Malachy McGinn: 

Father Malachy McGinn was a member of Salesian order in Ireland prior to his ordination as a priest in 1961. He served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of San Diego and San Bernardino. According to media reports, he has been accused of sexually abusing children in 1969 and 1981. 

In 2005, Palm Springs philanthropist Dolores Hope, wife of comedian Bob Hope, donated $1 million for a chapel at Xavier College Preparatory High School in McGinn’s honor. In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file. It revealed a 1993 accusation of a sexual relationship with a 21-year-old female at Our Lady of Solitude in Palm Springs in 1968.

He was also included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list released in October 2018. It was also noted that the Diocese was aware in 2002 of alleged abuse in 1969 and 1981.

Father McGinn died in December 1997.

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