Fr. John J. McGeever – Diocese of Rockville Centre

| Jan 21, 2020 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father John McGeever

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Ordained: 1968

Died: 1993

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969-1979      St. Patrick’s (Huntington, NY) 
  • 1980                Holy Spirit (New Hyde Park, NY) 
  • 1981-1987      St. Agnes Cathedral (Rockville Centre, NY) 
  • 1988                Corpus Christi (Mineola, NY) 
  • 1989-1993      St. Joachim (Cedarhurst, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father John McGeever:

Father John McGeever was a Brother of Mercy before becoming a priest. According to media reports, in 2014, a man accused Father McGeever of child sexual abuse for two years starting in 1981 when he was a 10-year-old St. Agnes Cathedral altar boy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He said the priest, would take him to the basement of the rectory for what he called a “retest” of the prayers. 

“You know what’s about to happen to you. . . . You don’t know the words, and of course you get it wrong. That’s when the punishment happened,” the survivor said.

He said he was sodomized in that basement about 50 times, and that Father McGeever “manipulated” him into remaining silent. Telling his family about the abuse the survivor said, “This isn’t something that happened to me 30 or 40 years ago and now I’m able to move past it. I actually live in pain from that every single day of my life.”

In 2017, a second survivor alleged that Father McGeever sexually abused him from 1983 through 1993, starting when he was 14 years old. The alleged abuse occurred at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, Corpus Christi in Mineola, and at St. Joachim in Cedarhurst. Father McGeever paid the boy to do work around St. Agnes and asked him to shower with him so he wouldn’t fall because he had a bad leg. He threatened to send the boy to foster care if he told anyone. 

“He said people wouldn’t understand if I told them that I had to help him in the shower and help stretch his leg and things like that,” the survivor said.

Father McGeever died suddenly of a heart attack in November 1993. Father McGeever is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. 

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