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Fr. Michael O’Brien – Archdiocese of Denver

Father Michael O’Brien

Archdiocese of Denver

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Ordained: 2000

Removed: 2021

Assignment History

  • 2002-2011: St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Aspen, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael O’Brien

In September 2021, the Archdiocese of Denver announced that it placed Fr. Michael O’Brien on administrative leave after he was accused of sexually abusing a male minor between 2004 and 2008.

According to a lawsuit filed in December 2021, over the span of four years, Fr. O’Brien abused the minor approximately 300 times. And when the minor did not comply with Fr. O’Brien’s sexual demands, the suit alleges that the priest beat him, “hitting [the minor] in the torso, chest, and/or back.”

Additionally, the lawsuit claims that the abuse began when the minor and his family joined St. Mary’s and that much of the abuse occurred at the church. “O’Brien continued to groom the [minor] by normalizing sexual abuse” and telling the minor “these sexual acts were a way of showing God’s love.” 

What’s Known About Fr. Michael O’Brien’s Career

According to sources, Fr. Michael O’Brien was pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen for eight years. In 2011, Fr. O’Brien left St. Mary’s and took a six-month sabbatical in Lakewood to “address[] some health issues,” an announcement in the Aspen Times reads.

Sources also say that shortly after O’Brien’s sabbatical, he was appointed pastor of a church in Julesburg––where he remained pastor until his removal in September. Ordained in 2000, Fr. O’Brien served roughly 20 years in ministry. 

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Fr. Michael O’Brien – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Michael O’Brien

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1963

Incardinated: 1977

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Sorrows (Kearny, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Lyndhurst, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of Mt. Virgin (Garfield, NJ)  
  • St. Rose of Lima (Short Hills, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Jersey City, NJ)  
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Union City, NJ)   

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael O’Brien:

Father Michael O’Brien was ordained a priest in 1963 and in 1977,  was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career.  According to media reports, in February 2019, his name was included on its list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of child sex abuse.

“This list of names is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies. The Archdiocese of Newark has a zero-tolerance policy for any type of mistreatment or misconduct involving children and young adults. No member of the clergy with a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor remains in ministry.”

It released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse. The only specifics provided were the parishes and schools each priest served under and the number of victims known. It did note he was accused of the sexual abuse of one minor, according to the information provided by the Archdiocese.  

He died as a priest in good standing.

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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