Father Richard T. Donahue of West Harwich, age 79, Sept. 9, 2020.

Devoted brother of Catherine Proia and her husband Dominic of Newton.

He is also survived by 2 nieces, 2 nephews, 10 grand-nieces and many, many friends.

Fr. Donohue attended St. John’s Seminary and was ordained a priest by Richard Cardinal Cushing in 1968. He later earned a Masters Degree from Fairfield University. After serving in several parishes in the Boston area for 23 years he asked to go to Honduras “for 3 years” to do missionary work.


Missionary work exemplified his love for the poor and he knew that the only way out of poverty was through education. That began his building of an educational system, the Olancho Aid Foundation. The Nazareth School for special needs children opened in 1996 followed by his overseeing the construction of a regional campus of the Catholic University. The Santa Clara Elementary School and Instituto now provide a bilingual education for students through grade 12 and the Cardenal Rodrigues High School provides a Spanish only education for those students who graduate from the public schools but are not adequately prepared to enter the university. Due to medical issues Fr. Donohue returned to the states five years ago.


The family wishes to thank the staff of Cape Cod Hospital and The Stone Institute Rehab Center in Newton for their exceptional care. Donations in Fr. Donohue’s name can be made to the Olancho Aid Foundation PO Box 15 Rockland MA 02370

Wake and Funeral Mass will all take place in Our Lady Help of Christian Church, 573 Washington St, Newton on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Wake in rear of church starting at 9AM, followed by Mass at 10:30AM.

Burial at a later date in Honduras.

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