Fr. Eugene O’Brien – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Eugene O’Brien

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1956

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1958      St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, CT)
  • 1959-1960      St. Peter’s Preparatory (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • 1961-1980      Fordham Preparatory (Bronx, NY)
  • 1981-1983      Leonard Neale House (Washington, DC) 
  • 1984-1985      Fairfield College Preparatory (Fairfield, CT)
  • 1986-1994      Fordham University (Bronx, NY)
  • 1994-2008      America Magazine (New York, NY) 
  • 1995-2002      The Gregorian University Foundation (New York, NY)
  • 2003-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene O’Brien:

Father Eugene O’Brien was ordained a Jesuit priest of the New York Province. He was president of Fordham Prep from 1960 until 1979, principal at Fairfield College Prep, vice president for community relations at Fordham University, and president of the Gregorian University Foundation in New York, a Jesuit institute.

According to media reports, in January 1997, a suit alleging that Father O’Brien sexually abused a boy at Fordham Prep in the early 1970s was settled for $25,000. He allegedly  abused the boy multiple times, over a period of several years, including during a European trip with Father O’Brien and five other students. 

“I don’t know if I was raped or penetrated, but I was violated,” Father O’Brien’s accuser told the press. “He would jump in the bed with me and I would just shut down, close my eyes and go somewhere else,” he said.

When he met the priest in 1997, Father O’Brien admitted to the abuse and blamed his actions on alcohol abuse. He would not apologize. He was removed from ministry in 2002. As of February 2009, he was a retired priest living at a Jesuit facility in midtown Manhattan.

In January 2019, Father O’Brien’s name was included on a new list of 50 Jesuits who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

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