Fr. Donald J. Whalen

Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1957: Ordained
  • 1957-1964:  St. Margaret’s; Pearl River, NY
  • 1964-1968:  St. John Vianney; Bronx, NY
  • 1968-1979:  St. Ann’s; Nyack, NY
  • 1979-1985:  St. Patrick’s; Newburgh, NY
  • 1979-1985:  Our Lady of the Lake; Orange Lake, NY
    • This was a mission of St. Patrick’s
  • 1985-1987:  St. Ann’s; Nyack, NY


In a February 2004 lawsuit, a man accused Whalen of sexually abusing him as a boy from 1964 to 1965, when he was ages 11 to 12. The alleged abuse occurred in the rectory of St. John Vianney, in a beach cabana, and during overnight trips to the Rockaways. The suit misspells the priest’s name as “Whalen.” Whelan reportedly died in 1988.

Sources:  Perez et al v. Parrakow, et al, Supreme Court of NY, County of NY, 02.26.04; Newsday 02.28.04 Assignment Record

Note: Years listed indicate editions of the Official Catholic Directory. Because of the publication schedule of the Directory, a priest listed at a parish in a given year was also likely at that parish for part of the previous year.