|Rev. Rickard/Richard J. O'Donovan
Summary of Case: Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian released a list on April 11, 2012 of clerics accused in cases that he had settled in the previous year. Rev. Rickard/Richard J. O'Donovan was included on the list. The settlement involved an accuser who said O'Donovan sexually abused him beginning when he was a nine-year-old boy and occurring repeatedly over a two year period, during what were supposed to be private Confirmation classes. O'Donovan died in 2000.
Died: August 7, 2000
|May 16, 1949||June 3, 1949||Immaculate Conception||Somerville||MA||Assistant pro tem|
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
• O'Donovan was accused publicly in 2012 of sexually abusing a boy, age 9 to 11, in the St. Colman's rectory in the 1960s. His accuser said that O'Donovan offered to prepare him individually for confirmation, but that there were no confirmation lessons over the two year period, and that he was molested more than 20 times.
|MA||3/3, 4/4, 3/4, 2/4||St. Colman's had a school beginning in 1963 with 97-135 boys and 135-364 girls.|
|Catholic Youth Organization||Brockton||MA||chaplain|
|Ancient Order of Hibernians||Brockton||MA||division chaplain|
|Sept. 8, 1955||Plymouth Deanery||MA||Director of Vocations|
Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|1974||Most Precious Blood||Boston (Hyde Park)||MA||3/4, 2/4||Most Precious Blood had a school with 766-403 students.|
Bernard Francis Law followed Medeiros as Boston archbishop (1984-2002).
|1986||Sacred Heart||Weymouth||MA||2/4, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2||Sacred Heart had a grade school with 569-295 students, and a high school with 74-155 boys and 237-141 girls.|
|1986||2000||St. Dorothy's||Wilmington||MA||1/2||O'Donovan died August 7, 2000.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1950-2001)
• Obituary; Rev. Rickard J. O'Donovan of Wilmington, 77, Pastor, Boston Herald, August 7, 2000