Assignment Record – Rev. John G. O'Flaherty, s.j.

Summary of Case: John G. O'Flaherty was a Jesuit of the Missouri Province ordained in 1942. He served in parishes in St. Louis and Kansas City, and as a hospital chaplain in Monett, MO. He was also assigned at various times to Pueblo and Denver, CO. He died in 1987. O'Flaherty was accused of abuse in a 2011 civil complaint filed in Pueblo, CO.

Ordained: 1942
Died: June 19, 1987


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


Cleveland bishop was Joseph Schrembs (1921-1945).

1943 St. Stanislaus Novitiate Cleveland OH  


St. Louis archbishop was John Joseph Glennon (1903-1946), followed by Joseph Elmer Ritter (1946-1967).

1954 St. Francis Xavier College Church St. Louis MO 4/4, 3/4, 3/3 St. Francis Xavier's had a school with 170-113 students, and a girls' high school until 1951 with 170-202 students.


Pueblo bishop was Joseph Clement Willging (1941-1959), followed by Charles Albert Buswell (1959-1979).

1962 Our Lady of the Assumption


• O'Flaherty was named as an abuser in a March 2011 civil complaint filed in Pueblo.

CO 2/2, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 Our Lady of the Assumption had a school beginning in 1958 with 119-251 students.


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop was Charles Herman Helmsing (1962-1977).

1969 St. Francis Xavier Kansas City MO 1/3 St. Francis Xavier's had a school with 586-472 students.
1969 1971         The 1970 and 1971 Directories index but do not list O'Flaherty in the diocesan pages as at St. Francis Xavier in Kansas City, MO.


Springfield-Cape Girardeau bishop was William Wakefield Baum (1970-1973).

1972 St. Vincent's Hospital Monett MO chaplain  


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

1974 Jesuit Community at St. Louis University St. Louis MO    
1974 1976 St. Ignatius Loyola Denver CO 4/4, 3/3 St. Ignatius had a school with 154-162 students.
1976 1977         The 1977 Directory indexes but does not list O'Flaherty in the Diocesan pages as at St. Ignatius Loyola in Denver.


Denver archbishop was James Vincent Casey (1967-1986).

1979 Regis College Denver CO In residence.  


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop was John Joseph Sullivan (1977-1993).

1980 Rockhurst Collge Kansas City MO    


Denver archdiocese

1986 Regis College Denver CO   O'Flaherty died June 19, 1987, Fusz Pavilion St. Louis, MO.


Carberry was succeeded as St. Louis archbishop by John Lawrence May (1980-1992).

1987 Fusz Pavilion St. Louis MO  

O'Flaherty was moved at some point to Fusz Pavilion, which was a skilled care facility for Jesuits.

O'Flaherty died June 19, 1987


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1943-1988)

• Amended Complaint in John Doe 24 et al v. Bishop of Pueblo, Cause No. 2010CV561, Pueblo Co. District Court

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This assignment record was last updated on June 24, 2014.