Fr. Keith Fennessy – Archdiocese of New York

| Jul 20, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Keith Fennessy

Archdiocese of New York

Ordained: 1984

Removed: 2017

Assignment History:

  • 1984-1987: St. Gabriel’s (Bronx, NY)
  • 1988-1992: St. Columbanus (Peekskill/Cortlandt Manor, NY)
  • 1992-1993: Mount Sinai Medical Center (Manhattan, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center (New York, NY)
  • 1998-2002: St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (New York, NY)
  • 2001-2002: Most Holy Crucifix (New York, NY)
  • 2003: Sick Leave
  • 2004-2005: St. Peter’s (Staten Island, NY)
  • 2005-2006: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta (Staten Island, NY)
  • 2006-2010: St. Margaret Mary’s (Staten Island, NY)
  • 2011-2015: St. Columba (Manhattan, NY)
  • 2016-2019: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Keith Fennessy:

Fr. Keith Fennessy was ordained a priest in 1984. According to media reports, in 2015, Fennessy was accused of sexual abuse to minors and placed on a leave of absence after child pornography was discovered on Fennessy’s computer. Fennessy was serving at St. Columba’s in Manhattan at the time but was removed because he violated the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The Archdiocese of New York announced in 2016 that its Review Board investigated and recommended Fennessy no longer be permitted to serve as a priest. In 2020, Fennessy filed suit against Cardinal Dolan of The Archdiocese of New York, claiming he was falsely accused.

As of 2016, the Archdiocese of New York reported that Fennessy lived in a supervised setting. Fennessy was removed from ministry in 2017. He is listed on the Archdiocese of New York’s 2019 List of Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor or the Subject of Eligible IRCP Compensation Claims.

Fennessy’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

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