Tag: Pearse P. Donovan

Msgr. Pearse P. Donovan – Diocese of Oakland

Monsignor Pearse P. Donovan 

Diocese of Oakland

Ordained: 1943

Removed: 1983

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1944                St. Augustine’s (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1945                St. Ambrose’s (Berkeley, CA) 
  • 1946                St. Gregory’s (San Mateo, CA) 
  • 1947-1952      Serra High School for Boys (San Mateo, CA) 
  • 1953-1955      Marin Catholic High School (San Rafael, CA) 
  • 1956-1964      Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1963-1965      School Board; Schools (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1963-1972      Catholic High Schools Federation; Catholic Parent Teacher Groups (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1965-1978      Corpus Christi (Piedmont, CA) 
  • 1966-1972      Building Committee; Education (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1974-1976      Diocesan-Senate Consultors (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1977-1978      Unknown
  • 1979- 1980      St. Clement (Hayward, CA) 
  • 1981-1982      St. Albert (Alameda, CA) 
  • 1983-1985      Sick Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Pearse P. Donovan:

Monsignor Pearse P. Donovan was ordained for the Diocese of San Francisco in 1943. He served as the diocese’s superintendent of schools from 1963 to 1972. He was a friend of Bishop Emeritus John Cummins. The two first met as high school seminarians in 1943 and later served together at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland and at Corpus Christi parish in Piedmont. From 1963 to 1972, he was the superintendent of the schools in the Diocese of Oakland.

According to media reports, in a 2003 child sex abuse lawsuit, Bishop Cummins testified in a deposition that in 1978, Monsignor Donovan was sent to two treatment centers for alcoholism. That same year, he allegedly began repeatedly molesting a boy at St. Clement and later “passed him on” to an abusive Holy Cross brother, Lawrence O’Brien, at Hayward’s Moreau High School. The abuse continued until 1981. He was removed from ministry/retired in 1983 and died in 1986. In 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Oaklands’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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