Fr. Donald J. McGuire

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago

Summary of Assignments:

  • Trained at the Novitiate of the Scared Heart in Milford, OH; West Baden College in West Baden Springs, IN; Loyola University in Chicago, IL
  • 1954-1957:  Loyola Academy, Chicago, IL
  • 6/1961:  Ordained
  • 9/1961 – 6/1992:  Seminary in Munster; Westphalia, Germany
  • 10/1962 – 2/1965:  University of Innsbruck – Doctoral Student; Austria
    • During his time in Europe, McGuire also conducted retreats, did parish work, held hospital and military chaplaincies, and taught theology in Germany, Austria, England, and Ireland.
  • 1965-1972:  Loyola Academy – Faculty; Wilmette, IL
  • 1972-1976:  Loyola University – Masters and Doctoral Student; Chicago, IL
  • 1976-2003:  Carmelite Sisters – Retreat Master and Spiritual Director; Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas
  • 1976-1981:  University of San Francisco at Saint Ignatius Institute; San Francisco, CA
    • Conducted freshmen seminars, directed student retreats, and did counseling.
  • 1981-1989:  Bellarmine Hall – Retreat House for Priests, Religious, and Laity; Barrington, IL
  • 1981-1983:  EWTN – Unfinished project to televise university seminars; Birmingham, AL
  • 1983-1984:  DeRance Foundation – Cunsultant
  • 1983-2003:  Missionaries of Charity – Pastoral Minister and Retreat Director
    • Gave retreats and seminars worldwide for Mother Teresa’s Nuns and affiliated lay persons and priests
    • Counseled AIDS patients at Mother Teresa’s facilities in NYC, DC, and San Francisco
    • Directed retreats for other orders of nuns, seminarians and priests of several dioceses, for teenagers and university students, and or Mission FIDES
  • 1989-2002:  Canisius House – Residence; Evanston, IL
  • 1990-1996:  National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guild – Chaplain
    • Renamed the Catholic Physicians Guild
  • 2002-2005:  Clark Street Jesuit Residence; Chicago, IL
  • 2/2006:  Convicted of sexually abusing two boys during retreats and at his residency at Loyola Academy


Prominent scholar and teacher, Mother Theresa’s spiritual advisor. Earliest complaints in 1960s. Three men alleged abuse by McGuire on trips to WI in 1967 and ’68, when he was their teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette IL. Convicted in WI in 2006 of five counts of indecent behavior with a child; sentenced to 7 years’ prison. Convicted in 2008 on federal charges of taking a teen outside of the US and across state lines for sex; received 25-year sentence. Per federal authorities, McGuire sexually abused teen boys and young men throughout the 1990s until 2003. Jesuits settled for $19.6 mil with 6 men who alleged abuse by McGuire between 1975 and the early 2000s. McGuire died 1/13/17.


Career, Accusations of Abuse, Information Sources, and Documents; Assignment RecordThe Jesuits and Donald McGuire, SJ by BishopAccountability; Articles through 11.03.07; Chicago Sun-Times 11.03.07; Chicago Sun-Times 11.06.07; Chicago Tribune 11.06.07; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 11.06.07; Chicago Sun-Times 11.07.07; Chicago Tribune 11.07.07; Chicago Sun-Times 11.11.07; Chicago Tribune 10.25.08; NY Times 03.28.11; Boston Globe 04.15.12; Boston Globe 04.16.12; Washington Post 11.23.14; Press TV (Iran) 11.24.14; ABC News 11.25.14; Federal Bureau of Prisons 01.13.17