Rev. Donald M. Osgood

Ordained: 1955

Osgood accused of abuse of teenage boys in at least 4 lawsuits in 2002. Two plaintiffs among 16 plaintiffs in civil suits against Diocese which settled in 2002. Allegations against Osgood began to surface within months of his ordination. Transferred several times because of behavior. Sent for treatment to New Mexico. Left active ministry in 1968. Current whereabouts unknown. Part of NH AG's investigation w/ numerous docs from personnel file.

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Manchester bishop was Matthew Francis Brady (1944-1959)

1959 St. Patrick's Orphanage


Accused in a 2002 lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 13 year old boy in 1955 or 1956, in Osgood's car. (Associated Press
July 29, 2002)

Concerns by the bishop about Osggod's behavior surfaced shortly after ordination. (Union Leader
March 4, 2003)

Police reported to the diocese in Feb. 1956 that Osgood was involved with boys and that he "has charge of the choir boys". (Renew America [New Hampshire]
August 27, 2006)




The orphanage had 34-20 children.


1955 1959 Sacred Heart Hospital


Accused in 2002 lawsuit of having sexually assaulted a boy in Osgood's quarters in the basement of the hospital. (Manchester Union Leader
May 16, 2002)

Another litigant accused Osgood of molesting him while he was a 13 year old patient at the hospital, during confession, and just before being wheeled to surgery. (Union Leader (Manchester NH)
May 29, 2002)

Yet another 2002 lawsuit named Osgood as perpetrator of sex abuse against a boy at the hospital, in 1958-1959. (Union Leader (Manchester NH)
June 20, 2002)

NH Chaplain  
    St. Augustine's Manchester

Accused in 2002 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy weekly for four years while at this parish. (Manchester Union Leader
October 12, 2002)


Ernest John Primeau replaced Brady as bishop (1959-1974)

1960 St. Joseph's Cathedral


Accused in 2002 lawsuit of molesting a boy between 1960-1965. (Associated Press
May 15, 2002)



Osgood was music director of the Cathedral. (Renew America [New Hampshire]
August 27, 2006)

The Cathedral had a grade school with 319 boys and 324 girls, and a high school with 405 girls.

1960 1967 Absent on Leave   NM   Sent in the early 1960s to treatment program for priests with mental health issues, including sexual disorders, run by the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez NM. Left there in 1963 and worked in Albuquerque area. (Union Leader
March 4, 2003)
1967 1968 All Saints Lancaster NH 2/2


1967 1968 St. Agnes


Removed again from ministry shortly after returning to NH, due to having "reverted to his previous behavior". (documents released by NH Attorney General)

NH   This was a mission of All Saints in Lancaster.


Odore Joseph Gendron replaced Primeau as bishop (1974-1990)

1975 Absent on Leave  



The 1975 Directory is the last in which Osgood appears.

Osgood returned to the Albuquerque area, and his last known address was in El Monte CA in 1970.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1956-1975).

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.

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