Fr. Patrick Kelly – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Patrick Kelly

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Patrick Kelly Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1950

Assignment History:

  • 1986-1988:      Queen of Most Holy Rosary (Roosevelt, NY)
  • 1989-1992:      Our Lady of Lourdes (Tujunga, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Patrick Kelly:

Father Patrick Kelly was a Jesuit priest from Ireland. He was a visiting priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in the mid-1980s and then in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

According to media reports, he fled back to Ireland in December 1991 after he was criminally charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl. The girl told her parents that he repeatedly kissed and fondled her at her home during a counseling session.

In April 1992, Father Kelly pleaded no contest to a minor girl’s misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. He was sentenced to three years of probation without returning to the US. The girl’s parents filed a civil lawsuit that same year.

Father Kelly’s name was included on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted he has been accused of sexually abusing at least four children in 1991. As of 2002, he was believed to be living in Ireland. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Fr. Kelly is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Kelly worked at St. Joseph Church in Ronkonkoma, NY and that it took place in private homes in Long Island; Great South Bay, and Kelly’s car; sometime between 1986-1988. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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