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Fr. Kevin Bray – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Kevin Bray

Archdiocese of Newark/Benedictine

Kevin Bray Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1952:                St. Mary’s Monastery (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1953-1957:      Unknown
  • 1963:                In Brazil
  • 1967-1969:      Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1969:                St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1969-1973:      Elizabeth of Hungary (Linden, NJ)
  • 1973-1975:      Sacred Heart (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • 1978-1979:      Notre Dame of Mount Carmel (Cedar Knolls, NJ)
  • 1980-1985:      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1985-1989:      Blessed Sacrament (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • 1989-1990:      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1991-1993:      Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, NJ)
  • 1993:                Veteran’s Association Hospital (East Orange, NJ)
  • 1994-1995:      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1995-1996:      Sacred Heart (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1996-2000:      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin Bray:

Father Kevin Bray, O.S.B. was a teacher and a Benedictine monk of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey. He taught for many years at the The Delbarton School, run by St. Mary’s Abbey and the Order of St. Benedict New Jersey. 

According to media reports, in 2008, Bray was named in a lawsuit against the Delbarton school by two men claiming they were sexually abused by Bray when they were children at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in the Archdiocese of Newark when Bray worked there (from 1963-1973.)

On Dec. 1, 2019, New Jersey extended the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse lawsuits and allowed a two-year window for those who were previously barred from filing suits by time limits. At that time, the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey faced at least 19 lawsuits alleging child sex abuse.

In 2020, three victims filed suits claiming they were sexually abused in the 1980s by four monks, including Fr. Bray. According to one suit, a victim states that Bray sexually abused him at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Elizabeth, NJ, from 1986 to 1987, when the plaintiff was 13 and 14 years old.

Bray died in 2000 at the age of 76.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help. 

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The Delbarton School

New Jersey Private School Abuse

Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Delbarton School

Morris Township, New Jersey

Founded: 1939

Location: Main campus in Morristown, New Jersey

Grades: 7 through 12

Delbarton is an all-male Roman Catholic preparatory school operated by the Benedictine Monks of St. Mary’s Abbey. The school was established in 1939 and in the beginning, it was only home to those in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. In 1942, the school expanded and began educating boys from seventh to twelfth grade. In recent years, its enrollment has averaged at almost 600 students per year.  

According to documents filed in Superior Court in Morristown, a former headmaster and several monks (both current and retired) were accused of sexually abusing several boys from 1968 to 1984.   In early June 2018, the Benedictine order settled multiple lawsuits brought by five men who were former students at Delbarton. As of July 2018, almost 30 victims have stepped forward with claims of abuse.

One priest, Timothy Brennan, was accused in three of the settled cases and five more pending complaints. Since then, he has admitted to abusing over 50 boys over the years and that he has been living in a notorious pedophile treatment center in Missouri.

The school’s former headmaster, Luke Travers, had complaints made against him by two brothers who alleged the abuse occurred when Travers was still a teacher at Delbarton. One of the brothers also named Rev. Justin Capato as another abuser at the Delbarton School. The two cases were both settled in March of 2018. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.