Fr. Douglas McNeill

Diocese:  Diocese of Gallup

Summary of Assignments: 

  • 1969 – 1970: St. Joseph and Madre de Dios Parishes; Winslow, AZ
  • 1969 – 1971: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish; Holbrook, AZ
  • 1973 – 1974: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish; Holbrook, AZ and Office of Religious Education
  • 1974 – 1994: St. Bonaventure Mission; Thoreau, NM

Notes:  Entered religious life with Miss. of Sacred Heart in 1962. Dispensation granted 1967. Ordained by Gallup. Assigned to Winslow and Holbrook, AZ and Thoreau, NM. Removed 3/94 after accused in 1994 civil suit of abusing a youth in 1978 while youth was stayed with him at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission to finish school year. Accuser confronted McNeill in 1993 and he admitted abuse. Offered to pay the man $15K from school funds. Man refused. Suit settled 9/95 for $135K. Also accused of abuse of 2 in AZ in 1971. McNeill still “on leave” per 2002 OCD.

Sources:  Chapter 9 from Fishers of Men, 1986 (Biography of McNeill); LA Times 02.06.94; Gallup (NM) Independent 05.20.03; Arizona Republic 08.14.03; Gallup Independent 08.02.05; Gallup Independent 05.28.11; Gallup Independent 11.11.13; Gallup Independent 02.12.14; Diocese of Gallup [downloaded 02.28.15; Arizona Journal 11.21.15; Gallup Independent 06.06.17