Fr. John O’Brien – Diocese of Pittsburgh

| Feb 7, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Fr. John O’Brien (a/k/a Br. Firmilian John)

Diocese of Pittsburgh


Ordained: 1975 Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • Central Catholic High School

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John O’Brien (a/k/a Brother Firmilian John):

Father John O’Brien was ordained a priest in 1975, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh after a long career as a Christian Brother. During his time as a Christian Brother, he taught at Central Catholic High School, and was then-known as Brother Firmilian John. According to media reports, in February 2019, the Diocese of Pittsburgh announced that it received an allegation of sexual abuse against a former Christian Brother who later became a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The allegation was related to O’Brien’s assignment at Central Catholic High School in 1960, prior to his ordination as a priest. No additional details were released. O’Brien died in 2004. At the time of his death, he was a retired priest in good standing. Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Contact us at 888-283-9922 or [email protected] to discuss your options today.