Fr. Anthony (Tony) Bolger: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. Anthony (Tony) Bolger

  • 1969: Ordained
  • 1971: St. Mary’s, Arcata, CA
  • 1972-1975: St. Thomas Aquinas, Napa, CA
  • 1976: St. Aloysius, Point Arena, CA
  • 1977: St. Francis Solano, Sonoma, CA
  • 1978: On Leave – Diocese of Santa Rosa
  • 1979: On Duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1980-1984: St. Anthony’s, Kailua, HI
  • 1985: Unknown
  • 1986-1987: Saints Peter and Paul, Honolulu, HI
  • 1988-1989: Unknown
  • 1990-1997: St. Anthony Church, Kailua, HI
  • 1998-2002: St. Theresa, Kihei, HI
  • 2003: Retired
  • 2003-2015: Unknown
  • 2015: Deceased

Notes: In 1978, Fr. Anthony Bolger was incardinated into the Diocese of Honolulu after meeting with Bishop Joseph Ferrario on several occasions. Fr. Bolger’s first assignment was at St. Anthony’s in Kailua. Here, Fr. Bolger is alleged to have sexually abused at least two young boys, including David Figueroa. He disappeared in California for a year in 1988 and resurfaced at St. Anthony’s in 1989. Over the next ten years, multiple allegations of abuse surfaced and Fr. Bolger was sent to treatment and was repeatedly placed back in Hawaii parishes with no restrictions and access to children. In 2002, he was allowed to resign for “medical reasons” and was provided retirement benefits by the Diocese of Honolulu. Fr. Bolger is believed to have resided in Mexico prior to his death in 2015.