Assignment Record– Bro. George Donnelly, c.f.x.

Summary of Case: Bro. George Donnelly, a Xaverian brother since 1964, resigned from his long-time teaching and guidance counseling positions at a Xaverian all boys' high school in December 2003 after a former student said Donnelly molested him in 1993. Donnelly later admitted to having committed "sexual misconduct" with the boy. He is known to have gone on to serve as a hospital chaplain in the Boston archdiocese in 2006, later moving to the Venice FL area, where he has continued as a "nondenominational" hospital chaplain and food bank volunteer.

Vows: 1964

   

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
Newark archdiocese   St. Joseph Regional High School Montvale NJ   Donnelly apparently was assigned here at some point prior to 1984. Per the St. Joseph's website in 2012 "....on hand for the liturgical celebration were four Xaverian Brothers, members of the community that administered the school from 1962 through 1997, including Brother George Donnelly C.F.X..... "

1984

Boston archbishop was Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002), followed by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M.
(2003- ).

December 2003 St. John's Preparatory School

Danvers

Donnelly was accused in December 2003 of having molested a St. John's prep. student in 1993. Donnelly admitted to two incidents of "sexual misconduct" with the student.

MA teacher, guidance counselor

St. John's Prep is a Xaverian high school for boys.

Donnelly "voluntarily resigned" from his position at St. John's after the allegation emerged.

December 2003 2006          
2006   South Shore Hospital Weymouth MA Coordinator of Catholic Pastoral Services  

August 2006

Venice bishop was John Joseph Nevis (1984-2007), followed by Frank Joseph Dewane (2007-).

  Hospital Chaplain   FL non-denominational volunteer hospital chaplain Per Donnelly's Linkedin page September 28, 2015.
January 2014   South Sarasota County Food Bank Sarasota FL volunteer Per Donnelly's Linkedin page September 28, 2015


Sources:

Teacher Resigns over Accusation; Ex-Student Claims Abuse at St. John's, By Dave Wedge, Boston Herald, December 31, 2003
Editorial: Why 'Prep' News?, Tri-Town Transcript [Danvers MA], January 8, 2004
Listen, newsletter, bostoncatholic. org, April 2006
The Missing Names from Cardinal O'Malley's List of Accused Clerics, Boston Globe, November 20, 2011
St. Joseph Regional High School website 2012, accessed September 28, 2015
George Donnelly, Linkedin, accessed September 28, 2015



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This assignment record was last updated on September 28, 2015.

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