Br. Francis E. Dolan – Archdiocese of Baltimore

On Behalf of | May 26, 2023 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Br. Francis E. Dolan

Archdiocese of Baltimore/Xaverians

Francis E. Dolan Horowitz Law



Ordained: 1939

Died: 1975

Assignment History:

  • 1940: St. Joseph Juniorate (Peabody, MA)
  • 1941-1949: St. Mary’s Industrial School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1950-1955: Mount St. Joseph High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1956-1958: Ryken High School (Leonardtown, MD)
  • 1959-1960: Xaverian College (Silver Spring, MD)
  • 1961-1962: St. Joseph Novitiate (Newton Highlands, MA)
  • 1963-1964: Xaverian Brothers High School (Westwood, MA)
  • 1965-1972: St. John’s Preparatory School (Danvers, MA)
  • 1973-1975: Newton (Highlands, MA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Brother Francis E. Dolan

Brother Francis E. Dolan was ordained a brother of the Xaverians Order and worked in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In 2019, Br. Dolan was listed on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors list. In April 2023, Maryland’s Attorney General released a report alleging 156 Catholic clergy members sexually abused at least 600 children over six decades. The report lists the names of the abusers, including Brother Dolan.

According to the AG’s report, in 1995, a victim reported that he was sexually abused by several Xaverian Brothers at St. Mary’s Industrial School, beginning in approximately 1945. The abuse alledgedly began in 1945, when the victim was 13, until he was approximately 16. In 1945, a court sentenced the victim to “St. Mary’s Industrial School, a ‘reform school’ for youths that was run by Xaverian Brothers in Baltimore City.”

Brother Luanus (Lawrence Meegan) raped the victim orally and anally in various places at St. Mary’s Industrial school. He also took the victim and another boy to the school’s pool or showers and watched them masturbate. Brother Benedict Joseph (Thomas F. Kelly) also raped the victim orally and anally in Joseph’s room and outside on school grounds. Brother Fabian (Francis Dolan) raped the victim in the school infirmary on one occasion. Timothy McGrath, a Passionist priest who was Chaplain at St. Mary’s Industrial School, touched the victim sexually in the school chapel. The victim named two other potential victims. He also described the physical discipline used at the school. The archdiocese made the mandated report to authorities. 

Brother Dolan died in 1975.

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