The Georgetown 14

FILE PHOTO: ASHLEY CHEN/THE HOYA | Three priests credibly accused of sexual assault worked at the Woodstock Theological Center, which operated from 1973 to 2013. Though the center was run independently by Jesuits, Woodstock had several ties to campus life, including student employees.

Abusers Lived, Worked at Campus Jesuit Spaces

The Woodstock Theological Center moved into Old Ryan, now known as Ida Ryan Hall, in 1978. Over the next several decades, three priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct would work at Woodstock, a Jesuit-run research institution housed on Georgetown’s campus. All three lived in the Woodstock Theological Residence, two blocks[Read More…]


On-campus confidential resources include Health Education Services (202-687-8949), located in Poulton Hall on the corner of 37th St. and P St., and Counseling and Psychiatric Services (202-687-7080), located behind Darnall Hall. Additional off-campus resources include the D.C. Rape Crisis Center (202-333-7273), the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673), the Survivors Network[Read More…]

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All 14 priests named in this report were identified by cross-referencing Georgetown University’s archival material with publicly available information including media reporting, the August 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and recent reports by Catholic Church authorities disclosing priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors., a survivors’ advocacy organization[Read More…]

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The Georgetown 14: Abusive Priests in University’s Past, Present

The Georgetown 14: Abusive Priests in University’s Past, Present

14 priests with connections to Georgetown University have been credibly or plausibly accused of sexual abuse. One known abuser was recognized as a professor emeritus of the university until Wednesday afternoon

Letter From the Editor

Letter From the Editor

Dear readers, The 14 priests named in this report lived and worked in all corners of our university — not lurking, but playing prominent roles in the academic, spiritual and moral development of thousands of Georgetown students. They were chaplains-in-residence and professors, friends and mentors, advisers and administrators: Their centrality[Read More…]

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Fr. Daniel C. O'Connell, S.J., worked at Georgetown University as a professor, chaplain-in-residence and department chair. He was a professor emeritus at Georgetown until Wednesday.

Decade After Public Abuse Accusation, O’Connell Loses GU Emeritus Status

Fr. Daniel C. O’Connell, S.J., once a popular professor in the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, was removed from his position as president of St. Louis University in 1978 after an allegation of sexual abuse. His work at Jesuit universities, however, continued for another 20 years, bringing him[Read More…]

Fr. William J. Walsh, S.J., was assigned to Woodstock Theological Center in 1996 when the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus was informed of sexual abuse allegations against him.

‘Sick Pleasure’: GU Jesuit Walsh Abused Nieces for Decades

“We have a nightmarish fear that Father Walsh may sexually molest innocent female students, and little girls in the Georgetown area.” Sarah Lynne Landsdale was 5 years old when her uncle, Fr. William J. Walsh, S.J., first molested her while wearing his clerical clothing. Approximately 40 years later, in 1996,[Read More…]

WOODSTOCK THEOLOGICAL CENTER ARCHIVES | Fr. Thomas M. Gannon, S.J., was credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor in Indiana before he became a professor at Georgetown, according to a report by the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus.

Gannon Abused Minors, Adults Across 3 Institutions; Later Taught Sociology at GU

In 1983, Fr. Thomas M. Gannon, S.J., received the faculty member of the year award from Loyola University Chicago for his work as chair of the sociology department. The same year, Gannon left Loyola to become a professor at Georgetown University and the director of the Woodstock Theological Center in[Read More…]

AMBER GILLETTE/THE HOYA | Lawyers and survivor advocates say the Jesuit order does not fully reveal the extent of its knowledge regarding cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

As Jesuits Report Abusers, Experts Doubt Completeness

In the midst of an abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, the five Jesuit provinces in the United States released lists in December and January of priests accused of child sexual abuse. Yet the incomplete nature of these lists has sparked even greater criticism from lawyers and advocates, including lawyer[Read More…]

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14 Abusive Priests Found in Georgetown’s Past, Present

Since the founding of Georgetown University, its students have learned from, lived with and sought the guidance of religious leaders on campus. Of those leaders, 14 have been credibly or plausibly accused of sexual abuse, according to an investigation by The Hoya. Their names are Fr. Engelbert M. Axer, S.J.;[Read More…]