Fr. Kevin McBrien – Archdiocese of Newark

| Dec 4, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Kevin McBrien (Carmelites)

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971                Immaculate Conception (Norwood, NJ)
  • 1972-1978      St. Cecilia (Englewood, NJ)
  • 1979-1981      Carmelite Fathers St. Elias Priory (Joliet, IL)
  • 1982-1983      Carmelite Priory (Houston, TX)
  • 1984-1986      Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA)
  • 1987-1991      St. Jane Frances de Chantal (North Hollywood, CA)
  • 1992-1997      Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Fairfield, CA)
  • 1998                Unknown
  • 1999-2005      Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA)
  • 2006                St. Jane Frances de Chantal (North Hollywood, CA)
  • 2007-2008      St. Thomas Apostle (Chicago, IL)
  • 2009-2010      St. Matthew (Glendale Heights, IL)
  • 2011                Darien Carmelite Provincial Office
  • 2013-2018      Darien Carmelite Provincial Office
  • 2021                Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin McBrien:

Father Kevin McBrien was a priest of the Carmelite religious order and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He worked in various Catholic schools in multiple US dioceses, including Chicago IL, Newark NJ, Sacramento CA, Galveston-Houston TX, Los Angeles CA, and Phoenix AZ.

According to media reports, in May 2010, he was removed from his position at St. Matthew Church in Glendale Heights after an allegation was made that he molested a boy while at Joliet Catholic High School in the 1970s. The same person also alleged abuse on multiple occasions by another priest, Father Lee Ryan at Providence High School.

The incident became public when the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a news conference in May 2010 urging the Diocese of Joliet to be more aggressive and public in the investigation. According to the provincial for the Carmelites, he has been living in a supervised setting and has had no contact with children.

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