Fr. Donald Eugene Broderson: Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. Donald Eugene Broderson

Ordination: 1968
  • 1969-1971 Santa Paula, Freemont, CA (OAK)
  • 1971 Deaf, Diocesan Office, Oakland, CA; St. Joseph’s Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Oakland, CA; St. Joseph’s School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Oakland, CA (OAK)
  • 1972 St. Philip Neri, Alameda, CA (OAK)
  • 1973 St. Joachim, Hayward, CA (OAK)
  • 1974-1975 Most Precious Blood, Concord, CA; Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill (Campus Ministry) (OAK)
  • 1976-1979 St. Leonard’s, Freemont, CA (OAK)
  • 1980-1982 St. Raymond, Dublin, CA (OAK)
  • 1983-1987 Transfiguration, Castro Valley, CA (OAK)
  • 1988-1993 Unknown
  • 1994-2002 Retired
  • 2003-2010 Unknown
  • 2010 Died

Multiple survivors have accused Fr. Donald Eugene Broderson of child sexual abuse, from approximately 1972–1978, while he worked at various parishes in California. Among his victims are six brothers who accused Fr. Broderson of child sexual abuse, during 1972 to 1973, while he worked at St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, California. Fr. Broderson was reportedly then transferred to Most Precious Blood in Concord, California in 1973 where he continued to abuse children until 1975. As the allegations surfaced, Fr. Broderson was transferred between parishes and sent to treatment and/or counseling. In 1993, he was forced into retirement by the Church and banned from ministry. It is believed Fr. Broderson has not been laicized. Upon retirement, he allegedly moved back into his parents’ home in Richmond, California and became a licensed marriage and family therapist. He has been named in multiple civil lawsuits and in 2005, he admitted to sexually abusing four sets of brothers during the 1970s. Fr. Broderson’s whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 1987 until death in 2010 are unknown.