Assignment Record– Rev. Donald J. O'Shaughnessy, S.J.

Summary of Case: Donald J. O'Shaughnessy was ordained for the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus in 1955. Much of his career was spent in the Chicago archdiocese, where he was a Loyola Academy faculty member in WiIlmette IL. He was also assigned to Cincinnati, Cleveland and Milford OH, Indianapolis IN, Oakland CA and Clarkston MI. O'Shaughnessy was removed from ministry in 2004 after credible accusations were reported that he perpetrated sexual abuse while working at Loyola Academy. One former student who came forward said O'Shaughnessy, who was his advisor, pulled him out of class daily to abuse him beginning when he was a 15-year-old sophomore,1977-1979. The Jesuits have settled with at least three fomer students with claims of abuse. O'Shaughnessy died in July 2013, at age 89.

Born: 1923
: 1955
Died: July 8, 2013


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1955 1956         O'Shaughnessy is not indexed in the 1956 Directory.


Diocese of Cleveland OH

Bishop was Edward Francis Hoban (1945-1966).

1957 St. Stanislaus Novitiate Cleveland OH   Tertianship of the Chicago Province, Society of Jesus


Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Archbishop was Karl Joseph Alter (1950-1969).

1958 Novitiate of the Sacred Heart Milford OH Novice  


Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Archbishop was Albert Gregory Meyer (1958-1965).

1964 Loyola Academy Wilmette IL teaching faculty Loyola Academy was a high school with 924-1,579 students, all male.
1964 1965         O'Shaughnessy is indexed in the 1965 Directory as at Loyola Academy, but he is not listed as there in the Chicago pages.


Archdiocese of Indianapolis IN

Archbishop was Paul Clarence Schulte (1946-1970).

1967 Brebeuf Preparatory School Indianapolis IN   Brebeuf Prep was a high school with 630-653 students, all male.


Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Archbishop was John Patrick Cody (1965-1982).

1980 Loyola Academy


A former Loyola student received a settlement in 2013, related to accusations that O'Shaughnessy sexually abused him 1977-79, beginning when he was a sophomore at the school. His accuser said O'Shaughnessy, who was his advisor, pulled him out of class daily.

Another former Loyola student received a settlement in 2015, based on claims that O'Shaughnessy sexually abused him as a boy. The time-period of the abuse is unclear.

A third man who alleged repeated abuse by O'Shaughnessy while he was a Loyola student received a settlement in May 2017. The man said he had suppressed his memories of the abuse until he saw the movie "Spotlight."

IL teaching faculty; minister Loyola Academy had 1,723-1,591 students, all male.


Diocese of Oakland CA

Bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003).

1981 Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley CA  



Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Joseph Louis Bernardin succeeded Cody as Chicago archbishop (1982-1996).

1992 Loyola Academy Wilmette IL teaching faculty Loyola Academy had 1,708-1,450 students, all male.


Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Archbishop was Adam Joseph Maida (1990-2009).

1997 Colombiere Center Clarkston MI    


Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Archbishop was Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).

2008 Faber Jesuit Community Cincinnati OH   O'Shaughnessy was removed from public ministry in 2004 after accusations of sexual abuse were reported to his Order. Per the Jesuits' Chicago-Detroit Province, the allegations were reported to civil authorities.


Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Allen Henry Vigneron succeeded Maida as archbishop (2009-).

2010 Colombiere Center Clarkston MI    
2010 2013         O'Shaughnessy is not indexed in the 2011-2013 Directories. He died July 8, 2013 at Colombiere Center in Clarkston MI.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1957-2014).

Chicago Jesuits Settle Abuse Claim for $950,000, By Kathy Schiffer,, June 30, 2015 - Updated
Hastert Case Brings up Painful Memories for Priest Sex Abuse Victim, By Brad Edwards, CBS Chicago, April 13, 2016
Illinois AG Madigan Calls for Elimination of Child Sex Crimes Statute of Limitations, By Sarah Schulte, WLS, April 28, 2016
Alleged victim of sexual abuse by Jesuit priest settles for $925K, Fox 32, May 10, 2017

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This assignment record was last updated on May 16, 2017.


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