Fr. Francis McKenna – Diocese of Buffalo

| Oct 21, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Francis McKenna

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1927

Died: 1977

Assigned as follows:

  • All Saints (Buffalo, NY)
  • Holy Family (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. John de LaSalle Church (Niagara Falls, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis McKenna:

Father Francis McKenna was ordained to the priesthood of the Diocese of Buffalo in 1927. He was appointed assistant pastor of All Saints parish and at Holy Family parish in Buffalo before his assignment as pastor of St. John de LaSalle in Niagara Falls in 1944. He remained there for 28 years before he was forced to retire because of poor health in 1972. Father McKenna was a resident of the Brothers of Mercy home in Clarence. He died in January 1977.

According to media reports, in November 2018, Francis McKenna’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s updated list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. The original list was published in March 2018, and includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation made against them. The list incorrectly notes his death as 1997.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.

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