Fr. Donald J. O’Shaughnessy

Religious Order:  Jesuit

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Archdiocese of Detroit, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Diocese of Cleveland, Diocese of Oakland

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1956-1957:  St. Stanislaus Novitiate; Cleveland, OH
  • 1957-1958:  Novitiate of the Sacred Heart; Milford, OH
  • 1958-1964:  Loyola Academy – Teaching faculty; Wilmette, IL
  • 1965-1967:  Brebeuf Preparatory School; Indianapolis, IN
  • 1967-1980:  Loyola Academy – Teaching/Faculty/Minister; Wilmette, IL
  • 1980-1981:  Jesuit School of Theology; Berkeley, CA
  • 1981-1992:  Loyola Academy – Teaching faculty; Wilmette, IL
  • 1992-1997:  Colombiere Center; Clarkston, MI
  • 1997-2008:  Faber Jesuit Community; Cincinnati, OH
  • 2008-2010:  Colombiere Center; Clarkston, MI
  • July 8, 2013:  Died


Removed from ministry in 2004 due to credible accusations of sexual abuse while assigned to Loyola Academy in Wilmette, where he worked almost continually 1958-92. The Jesuits’ Chicago-Detroit Province settled in 2013 for 750k with a man alleging O’Shaughnessy abused him 1977-79 at the school. O’Shaughnessy was the boy’s advisor and reportedly pulled him out of class daily. Settlement announced in 2015 for 950k with another former Loyola student alleging sexual abuse by the priest. In addition to Chicago, O’Shaughnessy spent time during his career in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Milford OH, Indianapolis IN, Oakland CA, and Clarkston MI. He died 7/8//13, age 89. Settlement with another former Loyola Academy student for 925k announced 5/17.

Sources: Assignment RecordPatheos 06.30.15; CBS Chicago 04.13.16; WLS 04.28.16; Fox 32 05.10.17