Assignment Record – Rev. Thomas J. Naughton, s.j.

Summary of Case: Thomas J. Naughton was ordained a priest of the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus in 1965. He went on to work in high schools, parishes and retreat houses across the South, as part of the Jesuit's New Orleans Province, with a two-year stint in St. Louis, MO and a year in Berkeley, CA. In the mid-1990s he relocated to southern California where he worked as a visiting priest in a a Mission Viejo parish. He was removed in April 2002 after a man reported to the Jesuits that Naughton sexually abused him in 1978 at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, TX, when Naughton was the school's president. Naughton, as it was reported in 2002, was removed from Dallas' Jesuit Prep. in 1979 after he attempted to grope a young faculty member in a locker room whirlpool and was seen in the same one-person tub with someone else. Naughton was recalled to the New Orleans Province after his 2002 removal, and at some point returned to southern California. He died in August 2012.

: 1965
Died: Aug. 6, 2012


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Rockford bishop was Loras Thomas Lane (1956-1968).

1966 Bellarmine School of Theology North Aurora IL student priest  


Cleveland bishop was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974).

1967 St. Stanislaus Novitiate Cleveland OH Tertianship for the Detroit Province  


El Paso bishop was Sidney Matthew Metzger (1942-1978).

1968 Jesuit High School El Paso TX Prefect of Discipline; English teacher Jesuit High had 389 students, all male.


St. Petersburg bishop was Charles Borromeo McLaughlin (1968-1978).

1970 Jesuit High School Tampa FL   Jesuit High had 504 students, all male.


St. Louis archbishop was John Joseph Carberry (1968-1979).

1972 St. Louis University St. Louis MO    


New Orleans archbishop was Philip Matthew Hannan (1965-1988).

1973 Loyola University New Orleans LA    


Dallas bishop was Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe (1969-1990).

1979 Jesuit College Preparatory School


Naughton was accused in 2002 of having sexually abused a Jesuit Prep. sophomore in 1978.

In 1979 it was reported to school officials that Naughton tried to grope a young faculty member in a locker-room whirlpool and was seen in the one-person whirlpool with someone else.

TX President

Jesuit Prep. had 666-711 students, all male.

A former Jesuit Prep. Board member said in 2002 that Naughton "left in a hurry"' and the board member didn't know why.


Oakland bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003).

1980 Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley CA    
1980 1982         Naughton is not indexed in the 1981 or 1982 Directories.


Baton Rouge bishop was Joseph Vincent Sullivan (1974-1982), followed by Stanley Joseph Ott (1983-2001).

1989 Manresa House of Retreats Convent LA Director 1983-1989 Naughton is not indexed in the 1983 Directory, but he is listed as at Manresa House in the Baton Rouge diocesan pages.


Galveston-Houston bishop was Joseph Anthony Fiorenza (1984-2006).

1990 Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School Houston TX President Strake had 556 students, all male.


New Orleans archbishop was Francis Bible Schulte (1988-2002).

1991 Immaculate Conception New Orleans LA 5/5 In residence.  


Fort Worth bishop was Joseph Patrick Delaney (1981-2005).

1995 Monserrat Retreat House Lake Dallas TX Director Naughton is not indexed beyond the 1995 Directory.


Orange bishop was Norman Francis McFarland (1986-1998), followed by Tod David Brown (1998-2012).

April 2002 St. Kilian's

Mission Viejo CA visiting priest This assignment is per news reports. The Directories neither index nor list Naughton as at St. Kilian's. Naughton was removed from St. Kilian's in April 2002 after a man reported to officials at Jesuit Prep. in Dallas, TX that Naughton sexually abused him when the man was a Jesuit Prep. sophomore in 1978.

April 2002

Schulte was succeeded as New Orleans archbishop by Alfred Clifton Hughes (2002-2009), followed by Gregory Michael Aymond (2009-).

    New Orleans LA   Naughton was sent back to the New Orleans Province after his removal.
Orange diocese. Aug. 2012   Laguna Woods CA   Naughton died Aug. 6, 2012.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-2002)

Mission Viejo Priest Removed on 1978 Claim, Orange County, Scandal: St. Kilian parishioners stunned at announcement of abuse investigation against Father Tom Naughton., by Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2002
Another O.C. Priest Is Accused // Church - the Rev. Thomas J. Naughton, 68, Goes on Leave after a Charge of Abusing a Child More Than Two Decades Ago Surfaces, By Bill Rams and Valeria Godines, Orange County Register, April 15, 2002
Ex-Jesuit President Removed, Naughton, Accused of Molesting Youth in '78, Was Priest in California, By Reese Dunklin, Dallas Morning News, April 16, 2002
Jesuit Leader's Exit Was Sudden, Abuse Allegation a First for Former School Chief, Current President Says, By Brooks Egerton,
Dallas Morning News, April 17, 2002
3 More Ex-Jesuit Staffers Accused, Ex-Maintenance Official at School Denies Abuse; 2 Teachers Also Named, Dallas Morning News,
April 24, 2002
Jesuit High Teacher Fired Amid Misconduct Claim, By Melanie Ave, St. Petersburg Times, April 24, 2002
Priest with N.O. Ties Suspended, Texas Abuse Allegation Follows Him to Calif., Times-Picayune, April 24, 2002
Jesuit High Ex-Teacher Accused of Sex Abuse, By Graham Brink, St. Petersburg Times [Florida], May 10, 2002
The Accused, USA Today, November 11, 2002
The History of El Paso Jesuit High School, by Jack Deeves, S.J.,, 2010

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This assignment record was last updated on April 14, 2014.