Fr. Damian Lawrence Cooper

Diocese:  Diocese of Rockville Centre, Archdiocese of Vancouver

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1986-1990: Holy Rosary Cathedral (Vancouver, BC)
  • 1991: St. Joseph (Langley, BC)
  • 1992: St. Ann (Aldergrove, BC)
  • 1993: St. Joseph (Squamish, BC)
  • 1994: St. Jude (Vancouver, BC)
  • 1995-1997: St. Hugh (Lincoln)
  • 1998-2001: Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Notes:  Accused by woman in 1994; archdiocese of Vancouver ‘does not dispute’. At age 15 met Cooper, chaplain at retreat. At age 16 received counseling from him at cathedral offices. ‘Sexual relationship’ 1985-1992 starting at age 17, including sex at motels. Cooper was removed and sent for treatment. May have been assigned in OR for brief time in 1994-1995. Worked 1995-2001 in Rockville Centre NY, which was ‘fully informed’ but ‘optimistic’; removed for similar behavior not involving minor. Believed in US as of 2012. A/K/A Lawrence Dean Cooper and Fr Damien. Accuser from 1994 filed civil suit in Canada 12/12. Set for trial 9/14.

Sources:  Vancouver Sun 12.13.12; SNAP Statement 12.14.12; Vancouver Sun 12.14.12; Vancouver Sun 12.14.12; SNAP Statement 12.17.12; Vancouver Sun 01.19.13; Sylvia’s Site 04.26.14

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.