Fr. Donald G. Timone: Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. Donald G. Timone

Donald G. Timone
Ordained: 1960
  • 1961-1965: Holy Rosary, New York, NY (NY)
  • 1966-1970: St. Joseph’s, Millbrook, NY (NY)
  • 1971-1974: Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Poughkeepsie, NY (NY)
  • 1975-1976: Regina Coeli, Hyde-Park-on-Hudson, NY (NY)
  • 1977-1982: St. Mary Church, Newburgh, NY (NY)
  • 1983: Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY (NY)
  • 1984: Regina Coeli Church, Hyde Park-onHudson, NY (NY)
  • 1985: Mount St. Alphonsus, Esopus, NY (NY)
  • 1986: Department of Education, New York, NY (NY)
  • 1987: Regina Coeli, Hyde-Park-on-Hudson, NY (NY)
  • 1988: Unknown
  • 1989-2001: Sacred Heart, Newburgh, NY (NY)
  • 2002-2004: Unknown
  • 2005-2009: St. Joseph, Middletown, NY (NY)
  • 2010-2014: Unknown
  • 2015-2018: Retired; St. Joseph, Middletown, NY (NY)
  • 2019: Unknown

Fr. Donald Timone was ordained in the Archdiocese of New York. Fr. Timone has been accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1966 to 1970. The survivor reported the abuse by Fr. Timone to the Archdiocese in approximately 2003 and the Archdiocese is believed to have received at least one other report of sexual abuse of a minor around that time. The Archdiocese briefly suspended Fr. Timone while those allegations were internally investigated before returning him to work. The survivor suffered for many years from the abuse trauma and died by suicide in 2015. The Archdiocese’s compensation program is believed to have awarded at least two settlements to Fr. Timone sexual abuse survivors. Despite knowledge of at least two reports and settlements regarding sexual abuse by Fr. Timone in 2017, the Archdiocese continued Fr. Timone in his assignment at St. Joseph in Middletown, New York. Subsequently, on December 4, 2018, the Archdiocese certified in a letter to the Diocese of San Diego that Fr. Timone was fit to work in the Diocese of San Diego and stated that Fr. Timone had never been accused of sexual misconduct involving a minor. As a result, Fr. Timone continued to work in the Diocese of San Diego, California until December 20, 2018, when the Diocese of San Diego learned about Fr. Timone’s history of sexually abusing minors from a December 20, 2018, news article. It is believed that Fr. Timone remains temporarily suspended by the Archdiocese of New York. Fr. Timone is included on the Archdiocese of New York’s 2019 “List of Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor or the Subject of Eligible IRCP Compensation Claims,” under the subsection “[t]he following archdiocesan clergy are awaiting final canonical or archdiocesan disposition of allegations against them.” His current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.