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Fr. J. Donald Pearce – Diocese of Shreveport

Fr. J. Donald Pearce

Diocese of Shreveport (Jesuits)

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Ordained: 1959

Removed: 2003

Died: 2016

Assigned as Follows:

  • Jesuit High School (Shreveport, LA)
  • Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)
  • Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Corpus Christi Minor Seminary (Corpus Christi, Texas)
  • Gesù Parish (Miami, FL)
  • Holy Name of Jesus Parish (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. J. Donald Pearce:

Fr. J. Donald Pearce was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1959, and served in the Diocese of Shreveport as a Spanish teacher, prefect of discipline, and Jesuit High School president from 1965-1968. He retired from ministry in 2003, due to poor health. According to media reports, in November 2018, Fr. Pearce’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of abuse in the 1960s was received in 2003. No information regarding the allegation including the age/gender of the victims was disclosed.

Fr. Pearce’s name also appeared on the Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province’s list in December 2018. After the Jesuits identified Pearce on its list, the Diocese of Shreveport issued the following statement: “A priest or brother’s assignment in the Diocese of Shreveport does not mean that any allegation stemmed from their assignment here. If there are any credible allegations, the Diocese of Shreveport will be notified of those names with the release of names from the Diocese of Alexandria.”

Fr. Pearce died in 2016.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Shreveport in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Shreveport may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

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Fr. J. Donald Pearce – Archdiocese of Miami

Father J. Donald Pearce

Archdiocese of Miami/Jesuits

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Ordained: 1959

Removed: 2003

Dead: 2016

Assignment History:

  • Jesuit High School (Shreveport, LA)
  • Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA) 
  • Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL) 
  • Loyola University (New Orleans, LA) 
  • Corpus Christi Minor Seminary (Corpus Christi, Texas) 
  • Gesù Parish (Miami, FL) 
  • Holy Name of Jesus Parish (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father J. Donald Pearce:

Fr. Donald Pearce, a Jesuit priest, served as a Spanish teacher, prefect of discipline, and president from 1960-1968. He retired from ministry in 2003, due to poor health. 

According to media reports, in November 2018, Pearce’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of abuse in the 1960s was received in 2003. No information regarding the allegation including the age/gender of the victims was disclosed. His name also appeared on the Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province’s list in December 2018. 

Pearce died in 2016. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

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Eleven Jesuits Accused of Sexual Abuse Have Florida Connections

The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province has released the names of forty two Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.  The list includes eleven Jesuits with ties to the State of Florida. 

The Jesuits are also known as the Society of Jesuits.  They have more than 16,000 priests and brothers worldwide and are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church.

The Jesuits’ list contains the names of Jesuits who are or were members of the U.S. Central and Southern (UCS) Province and its predecessor entities: the New Orleans Province, the Missouri Province, or the Independent Region of Puerto Rico of the Society of Jesus.   The following is the complete list of credibly accused Jesuits:

  • Michael O. Barry, SJ
  • Charles Bartles, SJ
  • Jody Blanchard, SJ 
  • Claude P. Boudreaux, SJ
  • John Campbell, SJ
  • Cornelius J. Carr, SJ (New York Province which is now part of USA Northeast Province)
  • Mark A. Clark, SJ
  • Francis X. Cleary SJ
  • James A. Condon, SJ (Chicago Province which is now part of USA Midwest Province)
  • Charles G. Coyle, SJ
  • Edward D. DeRussy, SJ
  • Donald Dickerson, SJ
  • Burton J. Fraser, SJ (Wisconsin Province which is now part of USA Midwest Province)
  • Chester E. Gaiter, SJ
  • Thomas J. Hatrel, SJ
  • Thomas J. Hidding, SJ
  • John W. Hough, SJ
  • Francis J. Kegel, SJ
  • Dennis P. Kirchoff, SJ
  • Bernard P. Knoth, SJ (Chicago Province which is now part of USA Midwest Province)
  • Philip D. Kraus, SJ
  • Francis M. Landwermeyer, SJ
  • Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl, SJ
  • Alfonso Madrid, SJ (Province of Mexico)
  • Eugene A. Maio, SJ
  • Vincent R. Malatesta, SJ    
  • James L. McShane, SJ
  • Edward P. Murphy, SJ
  • Thomas J. Naughton, SJ (Priest of the New Orleans Province, NOT Brother Thomas Naughton of the Missouri Province)
  • Patrick H. O’Liddy, SJ
  • Vincent A. Orlando, SJ
  • Claude L. Ory, SJ (Brother, formerly in New Orleans Province, now Maryland Province)
  • Austin N. Park SJ
  • J. Donald Pearce, SJ
  • George M. Pieper, SJ
  • Paul C. Pilgram, SJ
  • Elmo J. Rogero, SJ
  • Norman J. Rogge, SJ
  • Anthony J. Short, SJ
  • Arthur O. Verdieck, SJ
  • Richard H. Witzofsky, SJ (Brother)
  • Benjamin Wren, SJ

The following individuals had an assignment at a parish or school in the State of Florida:

Thomas J. Hidding, SJ served at Gesu Parish in Miami and Jesuit High School in Tampa.  

Birth: 1950

Ordination: 1986

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus 2003; Deceased 2005

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Vincent A. Orlando, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa.

Birth: 1941

Ordination: 1974

Status of Individual: Removed from ministry and lives under supervision

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s 

Removed from Ministry: 2002 

Claude P. Boudreaux, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL 

Birth: 1924

Ordination: 1955

Status of Individual: Deceased 2016 

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s 

Removed from Ministry: 2004 

Edward D. DeRussy, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa; served in Sacred Heart Church in Tampa; St. Joseph Church in Zephyrhills; and St. Benedict Church in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Ordination: 1957

Status of Individual: Deceased 2001 

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s

Removed from Ministry: Restricted from ministry with minors 1991 

Austin N. Park, SJ – worked at Gesu Parish in Miami and Sacred Heart Schurch in Tampa

Birth: 1918

Ordination: 1955

Status of Individual: Deceased 2013 

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s 

Removed from Ministry: N/A – already out of ministry due to dementia when allegations received

Francis M. Landwermeyer, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa

Birth: 1934

Ordination: 1966

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus and Priesthood, 2011; Deceased 2018

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s, 1970s 

Removed from Ministry: 2010

 J. Donald Pearce, SJ – worked at Gesu Parish in Miami

Birth: 1925

Ordination: 1959

Status of Individual: Deceased 2016

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s

Removed from Ministry: Retired from Ministry in 2003 due to poor health

Norman J. Rogge, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa and Sacred Heart Church in Tampa

Birth: 1925

Ordination: 1956

Status of Individual: Deceased 2009 

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s, 1970s 

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Cornelius J. Carr, SJ  – worked at St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine and Christ the King Church in Jacksonville)

Birth: 1920 

Ordination: 1951

Status of Individual: Deceased 2013

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s, 1990s

Removed from Ministry: 2005 (by the New York Province due to allegations they received)

Thomas J. Hatrel, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa

Birth: 1922

Ordination: 1952

Status of Individual: Deceased 1988

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s while applied to the Oregon Province

Removed from Ministry: N/A – deceased when allegation received

Charles Bartles, SJ  –  worked at St. Ann Church Churh in West Palm Beach and Jesuit High School in Tampa

Birth: 1936 

Ordination: 1965

Status of Individual: Deceased 1993

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s or 1980s

Removed from Ministry: N/A – deceased when listed

Attorney Adam Horowitz represents children and adults who were victims of sexual abuse by clergymen of all denominations in civil lawsuits.  If you or someone you know was a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault by a Jesuit priest or brother,  contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com