Tag: Society of African Missions

Fr. Cyril Donnelly – Diocese of Orlando

Father Cyril Donnelly

Diocese of Orlando/Society of African Missionaries

Cyril Donnelley Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 1964: Epiphany (Port Orange, FL)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (Melbourne, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Cyril Donnelly:

Fr. Cyril John Francis Donnelly is listed on the Diocese of Orlando’s List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Donnelly died in 1994 at the age of 83.

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Fr. Bernard Lynch – Archdiocese of New York

Father Bernard Lynch

Archdiocese of New York/Society of African MissionsBernard Lynch Horowitz Law

Ordained:1971

Indicted: 1988

Removed: 2011

Assignment History:

  • 1975-1978: St. Gabriel’s (Bronx, NY)
  • 1980-1987: Mount St. Michael Academy (Bronx, NY)
  • 1987-1992: Out of the Country (Ireland)
  • 1992-2019: Moved to London, England

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Bernard Lynch:

In 1987, Fr. Bernard Lynch became the subject of a criminal investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse of minor boys at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, New York between 1985-1986. Several teachers at Mount St. Michael’s filed a complaint that he and the acting principal at the time, Marist Br. Timothy Brady, were possibly molesting students.

Lynch was indicted in 1988 and tried in 1989. Lynch claimed he was subject to a witch-hunt because of his AIDS ministry. He was found not guilty by the court.

According to media reports, Lynch moved to London in 1992 and started a ministry for closeted gay priests. He was removed from the priesthood in 2011. Lynch announced in a 2012 memoir that he married a man 14 years prior. As of 2017, Lynch was working as a counselor and spiritual director in London. In 2019, another lawsuit was filed claiming abuse of another boy, age 16, that was said to have occurred from 1978-1979 in the Bronx, NY. No other details have been released yet.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of New York 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 York and nationwide. We can help.

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