Fr. Donald Keenan – Archdiocese of Newark

| Nov 25, 2019 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Donald Keenan

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1943

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • 1943-1944      St. Joseph’s Passionist Monastery (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1944-1947      St. Ann’s (Scranton, PA)
  • 1947-1951      St. Mary’s / St. Mary’s Passionist Monastery (Dunkirk, NY)
  • 1951-1961      Passionist Fathers Sacred Heart Retreat (Toronto, CA)
  • 1961-1966      Passionist Monastery (Union City, NJ)
  • 1966-1967      Our Lady of Florida Monastery, North Palm Beach, FL
  • 1967-1974      Holy Family Monastery, Farmington, CT
  • 1976-1987      St. Gabriel’s Passionist Monastery, Boston, MA)
  • 1984-1987      Priests of the Province residence houses not listed
  • 1988-1994      Passionist Provincial House, South River, NJ
  • 1995                Holy Family Monastery, West Hartford, CT
  • 1996-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Keenan:

Father Donald Keenan was ordained a Passionate Missionaries priest in 1943 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 1998, he was accused of masturbating two boys in 1977, and insisting that they masturbate him. One boy was 13 years old and the other was mentally challenged. The alleged abuse occurred at Father Keenan’s family home in Malden, Massachusetts, where he had retired to in 1975. One victim said Brother Keenan was friendly with his family and his parents would never believe the things he did to him, so he never told.

Father Keenan died in 1995. His name was one of 70 religious order and visiting priests omitted from an official list of publicly accused sexual abusers that the Archdiocese of Boston published in August 2011.

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