Fr. John O’Brien (a/k/a Br. Firmilian John)
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Ordained: 1975 (after a long career as a Christian Brother)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John O’Brien (a/k/a Brother Firmilian John):
In February 2019, the Diocese of Pittsburgh announced that it received an allegation of sexual abuse against a former Christian Brother who later became a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
According to media reports, Father John O’Brien was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1975 following a long tenure as a Christian Brother. During his time as a Christian Brother, he taught at Central Catholic High School, and was then-known as Brother Firmilian John.
According to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the allegation related to O’Brien’s assignment at Central Catholic High School in the 1960, prior to his ordination as a priest. No additional details were released.
O’Brien died in 2004. At the time of his death, he was a retired priest in good standing.
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