Catholic Priest

Richard Delahunty

Ordained: 1965

In December of 2003, Father Richard Delahunty was accused of sexually abusing a boy he encountered when he was serving at St. Barbara’s Church in Santa Ana, CA, in 1981. A civil lawsuit was filed and Delahunty was placed on leave from his position as the pastor of St. Nicholas Church in Laguna Woods, CA. Delahunty returned to this position in November of 2004 when the Diocese found no credible evidence against him. Although he returned to active ministry, he was still named as an abuser alongside two other priests in a lawsuit brought by 94 plaintiffs that resulted in a global settlement of $100 million in April of 2005.

Father Delahunty's Assignments

Holy SpiritFountain Valley, CA1976..1979
Our Lady Queen of AngelsNewport Beach, CA1980..1980
St. Barbara'sSanta Ana, CA1981..1989
Holy Family CathedralOrange, CA1990..1991
St. Martin de PorresYorba Linda, CA1992..2003
St. Nicholas ChurchLaguna Woods, CA2003..2004
Inactive leave2004..2004
St. Nicholas ChurchLaguna Woods, CA2004