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Father David Anthony O'Hearn (born on 28 April 1961) is a priest of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese, north of Sydney. He is scheduled for proceedings to be held in the Sydney District Court at a date to be fixed.
Broken Rites has researched Father O'Hearn in the annual editions of the Australian Catholic directories. His annual entries all list him as a priest of the Maitland-Newcastle diocese.
Before being ordained, David O'Hearn was a deacon at Waratah parish in 1985 and at Singleton parish in 1986.
He was ordained in late 1986. He then became an assistant priest at Muswellbrook in 1987.
In the 1990 directory Fr David O'Hearn was listed as an assistant priest at St Joseph's parish in Cessnock, where the priest in charge was Father Vincent Gerard Ryan.
In the early 1990s, Father O'Hearn was listed as the priest in charge firstly at the Windale parish (St Pius X) and later at the Toronto parish (St Joseph's).
In the directories from 1995 to 1999, he was listed as being in charge of the Rutherford parish (St Paul's).
In the 2000 edition of the annual Directory of Australian Catholic Clergy, he was "a priest in residence" at St Columban's/Christ the King, 58 Church Street, Mayfield West. Also listed at that address was Father William (Bill) Burston, who was the Vicar-General of the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.
In the directories for 2001 and 2003, David O'Hearn was listed as the acting parish priest at St Patrick's, Swansea.
In the 2003 directory, he was listed as "on leave" (care of the diocesan office).
In the 2004 directory, he was listed as the Parish Priest of St Michael's, Nelson Bay, and he was still listed officially as the Parish Priest there (but with another priest acting as the parish administrator) when Broken Rites checked the Nelson Bay parish website on 19 March 2012.