Fr. Kevin Downey – Diocese of Paterson

Father Kevin Downey

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1982

Removed: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • 1982-1983      St. Bonaventure Friary (Allegany, NY) 
  • 1983-1985      Quincy College (Quincy, IL)  
  • 1985-1986      St. Anthony (Butler, NJ) 
  • 1986-1991      Quincy College (Quincy, IL) 
  • 1991-1993      St. Francis of Assisi (Raleigh, NC)  
  • 1994-1996      Unknown   
  • 1997-1999      Our Lady of the Assumption (Pompton Lakes, NJ) 
  • 2000-2002      St. Bonaventure (Allegany, NY)  
  • 2000-2002      St. John the Baptist (Vandalia, NY)  
  • 2003-2011      Our Lady of the Assumption (Pompton Lakes, NJ)  
  • 2011-2016      St. Francis of Assisi (Triangle, VA)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin Downey:

Father Kevin Downey is a priest of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. He had various parish assignments in the dioceses of Buffalo, NY, Butler, NJ, Raleigh, NC, Paterson, NJ and Arlington, VA. From the 1980s until 1991, he worked in the Diocese of Springfield IL, at the Franciscan’s Quincy College. 

According to media reports, in May 2016, the Diocese of Arlington in Virginia quietly announced that Father Downey was suspended during an investigation of sexual misconduct with a male minor. He denied the allegation. The alleged abuse occurred in 1990 ” in another state.” According to the Official Catholic Directory, Father Downey was working at Quincy College in Illinois in 1990. 

In April 2017, Holy Name Province announced that the claim was found to be credible. Father Downey was permanently removed from all public ministries. 

In October 2018, Father Downey’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Raleigh’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

His current whereabouts are unknown. 

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