Assignment Record – Rev. John H. Duggan, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Jesuit of the Maryland Province ordained in 1957, Duggan lived and worked in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, and in Nigeria. In 2002 a man reported to the Baltimore archdiocese that his son was sexually abused by Duggan in the late 1960s-early 1970s. Duggan worked at Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland during those years. The Official Catholic Directory shows Duggan to have been at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania at the time of the report and until 2004. He died January 10, 2004.

: 1957


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1958 Weston College Boston MA  


Albany bishop was William Aloysius Scully (1954-1969).

1959 Our Lady of Martyrs Auriesville NY tertianship  


Scranton bishop was Jerome Daniel Hannan (1954-1965), followed by Joseph Carroll McCormick (1966-1983).


Scranton Prep. High School


Scranton PA  

Scranton Prep. had 340-486 students, all male.

Duggan is indexed in the Directories as at Scranton Prep. during these years, but he is not listed as there in the Scranton diocesan pages.


Baltimore archbishop was Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1961-1974).

1972 Loyola High School


In 2002 a man told the archdiocese that his son had been sexually abused by Duggan in the late 1960s to early 1970s.


Loyola High had 697-715 students, all male.

The 1971 and 1972 Directories index but do not list Duggan in the Baltimore diocesan pages as at Loyola High.


Philadelphia archbishop was John Joseph Krol (1961-1988).

1978 St. Agnes Hospital Philadelphia PA chaplain The 1973 Directory indexes Duggan as at St. Agnes Hospital, but does not list him as there in the Philadelphia archdiocesan pages.
1978 1979         Duggan is not indexed in the 1979 Directory.
1979 1980 Old St. Joseph's Philadelphia PA 2/14 minister  


Chicago archbishop was John Patrick Cody (1965-1982).

1981 Faber House Chicago IL   This was a Jesuit residence.


Jos archbishop was Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka (1974-1999).

1983   Jos Nigeria, West Africa    


Camden bishop was George Henry Guilfoyle (1968-1989).

1984 Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Camden NJ chaplain  


John Joseph O'Connor succeeded McCormick as Scranton bishop (1983-1984), followed by James Clifford Timlin (1984-2003).

1989 Scranton Prep. High School Scranton PA   Scranton Prep. had 387-364 boys and 396-383 girls.
1989 1993 St. Paul's Scranton PA 3/4, 2/3 St. Paul's had a school with 301-317 students.
1993 1994         Duggan is not indexed in the 1994 Directory.
1994 1995 Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Maryland Provincial Curia Baltimore MD   Duggan is listed in the 1995 Directory under "Priests of the Province Serving Abroad", but his whereabouts are not specified.


Joseph Francis Martino replaced Timlin as Scranton bishop (2003-2009).

2004 University of Scranton Scranton PA  

The 2004 and 2005 Directories indicate Duggan was at Campion Hall.

Duggan died January 10, 2004.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1958-2005)

Archdiocese of Baltimore, Sept. 25, 2002
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This assignment record was last updated on January 30, 2019.