Tag: Thomas McKenna

Fr. Thomas McKenna – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Thomas McKenna
Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: May 1972
Withdrew from active ministry: September 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 5/31/1972 -5/21/1973: Parochial Vicar, St. Anselm, Swissvale, PA
  • 5/22/1973 -2/13/1978: Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Conception, Washington, PA
  • 2/14/1978 -10/01/1978: Chaplain, Marian Manor Nursing
  • 10/02/1978- 2/04/1979: Parochial Vicar, St. Maurice, Forest Hills, PA
  • 11/01/1978- 2/04/1979: Leave of absence, Health Reasons
  • 2/05/1979 -8/15/1982: Parochial Vicar, St. Kieran, Lawrenceville, PA
  • 8/16/1992 -5/31/1984: Parochial Vicar, St. John Fisher, Churchill, PA
  • 6/01/1984 -9/11/1986: Parochial Vicar, Holy Innocents, Sheraden, PA
  • 9/12/1986 -7/21/1987: Chaplain, Sewickley Valley Hospital, PA
  • 7/22/1987 -8/22/1988: Chaplain, Forbes Regional Hospital, PA
  • 8/22/1988 -5/23/1994: Pastor, St. Edward, Blawnox, PA
  • 5/23/1994 -1/05/1998: Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima, Hopewell, PA
  • 1/05/1998 -7/31/1998: Chaplain, SCI – Pittsburgh, PA
  • 8/31/1998 -10/30/1998: Asst. Chaplain, Allegheny University Medical Center, PA
  • 10/30/1998: Administrator, St. Patrick – St. Stanislaus, Pittsburgh, PA

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas McKenna:

Records from the Diocese of Pittsburgh contained a handwritten letter from July 1992 from a priest regarding sexual allegations against Father Thomas McKenna. It noted that two teenage brothers claimed to have been sexually assaulted by McKenna in the 1970s.

An October 1996 Diocesan memorandum documented the fact that McKenna was confronted with several allegations of improper sexual activity.

In October 1999, a lawsuit was filed against McKenna by an inmate incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh. He alleged that McKenna had sexually assaulted him while he was in prison.

In May 2002, the Diocese of Pittsburgh received a report from a woman who stated that McKenna had sexually abused her son in 1975. No other documentation was found in the file.
In December 2004 a final summary of treatment for Father McKenna from St. Luke
Institute was completed. He was diagnosed with Ephebophilia (attraction to

McKenna is still living, but his whereabouts are unknown.

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