Assignment Record – Rev. Thomas E. O'Rourke, s.j.

Summary of Case: Thomas E. O'Rourke was a Jesuit of the California Province, ordained in 1943. He ministered in San Francisco and Los Angeles CA, as well as in Phoenix, AZ where he was a staff member at Brophy Prep. from 1975 until his death in 1993. O'Rourke was accused at some point of sexually abusing a minor in 1968 in Los Angeles, while assigned to Loyola High School.

Ordained: 1943
Died: Jan. 1, 1993


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


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1944 Alma College Alma CA  


Seattle bishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950).

1945 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertianship  


San Francisco archdiocese

1949 Sacred Heart Novitiate Los Gatos CA minister  


Los Angeles archbishop was James Francis Aloysius McIntyre (1948-1970).

1956 Loyola University Los Angeles CA sub-minister; minister  


San Francisco archdiocese

1961 St. Ignatius San Francisco CA    


Los Angeles archdiocese

1969 Loyola High School

Los Angeles

• O'Rourke was accused in a lawsuit of molesting a minor in 1968.

CA minister 1961-1964 Loyola had 900-1,123 students, all male.


San Francisco archbishop was Joseph Thomas McGucken (1962-1977).

1970 Sacred Heart Novitiate Los Gatos CA    
1970 1975 Jesuit Community at the University of San Francisco San Francisco CA minister  


Phoenix bishop was Edward Anthony McCarthy (1969-1976), followed by James Steven Rausch (1977-1981). Rausch was succeeded by Thomas Joseph O'Brien (1981-2003).

1993 Brophy College Preparatory School Phoenix AZ campus minister 1985-1993

Brophy Prep. had 702-1.486 students, all male.

O'Rourke died Jan. 1, 1993.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1944-1994)

LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum, November 15, 2005
LA Times Database, March 20, 2006

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This assignment record was last updated on June 29, 2014.