Donald J. McGuire

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NameDonald J. McGuireJesuit
Date of Birth7/9/1930 
Date of Ordination1961 
Association with LUC1972-1976 
Position at LUCGraduate student (MA/PhD) 
Date of incident, Location of Incident1954-1957Germany, Ireland, Austria
 1965-1970Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL
 1975-1977Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
 1976-1981University of San Francisco, CA
 1981-1984Various places across the U.S. as traveling retreat organizer
 1984Sacred Heart Retreat House, Alhambra, CA
 1988-2002Various places across the U.S. and internationally as traveling retreat organizer
 2002-2005Chicago Jesuit Community, IL
Number of victims/accusations9 known victims 
Case statusConvicted 
Status of IndividualDismissed from Society of Jesus, Laicized2007, 2008

Donald Jude McGuire was a popular religious retreat organizer, schoolteacher, scholar, and a generally very well-respected member of the Jesuit order. He rose to prominence as a celebrated organizer and leader of spiritual retreats and as Mother Theresa’s spiritual advisor. McGuire received his post-graduate education at Loyola University Chicago between 1972 and 1977, when he graduated with a Ph.D. in philosophy. Before his studies at Loyola, McGuire was assigned as a faculty member at Loyola Academy in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette. During his posting there, McGuire abused at least two of his minor students. After these cases of abuse became known to the public when his victims stepped forward in the late 2000s, a whole series of lawsuits from other survivors followed, lasting until after McGuire’s passing. At least eleven individuals have claimed abuse by McGuire as of 2022. He was convicted first in Wisconsin of indecent behavior with a child and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2006. In 2008 he was then also convicted on federal child abuse charge and sentenced to a twenty-five year term in federal prison. Donald J. McGuire died in federal prison in 2017.