Rev. Kevin McBrien, O. Carm. —
Summary of Case: McBrien was removed from position at St. Matthew's church in Glendale Heights in 5/10 after an allegation was made that he abused one youth on a single occasion approximately 30-35 yrs previously while working at Joliet Catholic High School. Same person also alleged abuse on multiple occasions by Fr. Lee Ryan at Providence High School. Investigation by diocese is ongoing. Said to live in a supervised setting as of 8/10.
Incardinated: Newark NJ, Joliet IL, Galveston-Houston TX, Los Angeles CA, Sacramento CA, Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL.
|1970||1971||Immaculate Conception||Norwood||NJ||Newark archdiocese. School had 113 boys and 136 girls.|
|1971||1978||St. Cecilia's||Englewood||NJ||Newark archdiocese. School had 247 boys and 250 girls|
|1978||1981||Joliet Catholic High School||Joliet||IL||Joliet diocese. School had 768 students.|
|1978||1981||St. Elias Priory||Joliet||IL|
|1981||1983||Carmelite Priory||Houston||TX||Galveston-Houston diocese. Nearby Mt. Carmel High School had four unnamed Carmelite priests on the teaching staff, according to the 1982 and 1983 Directories. Perhaps McBrien was working at the high school, which had 273 boys and 379 girls.|
|1983||1986||Crespi Carmelite High School||Encino||CA||Los Angeles archdiocese. The school had 710 students; McBrien was 1 of 9 Carmelites listed as in residence.|
|1986||1991||St. Frances de Chantal||North Hollywood||CA||Los Angeles archdiocese. School had 350 students.|
|1991||1997||Our Lady of Mount Carmel||Fairfield||CA||Pastor.||Sacramento diocese. No school; parish had 415 students in catechism class in 1995.|
|1997||1998||Whereabouts unknown.||Not indexed in 1998 Directory.|
|1998||2005||Crespi Carmelite High School||Encino||CA||Los Angeles archdiocese. School had 481 students. McBrien is listed as 1 of 6 Carmelites in residence.|
|1999||2005||Encino||CA||Prior||McBrien is listed in the Directory as the prior of the Crespi Carmelite community.|
|2001||?||Commissary Provincial of the Western Commissariate of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary||Encino||CA||In this role, McBrien appears in the Mahony Emails 12 and 16.||See CITOC.|
|2001||?||Vocation Director||Encino||CA||See Carmelite Review, McBrien, Thinking Vocations (with photo), and 2005 photos 1 2.|
|2005||St. Therese Priory||Phoenix||AZ||Phoenix diocese. In the 2005 Directory, McBrien is indexed at Crespi HS (see above) and in Phoenix AZ (with no church or school specified). The Phoenix diocese lists him at St. Therese's Priory.|
|2005||2006||St. Frances de Chantal||North Hollywood||CA||1 of 2 priests in res;||Los Angeles archdiocese; 325 students in school. In 2006 Directory, the last time that McBrien is listed in this assignment, his ordination year is incorrectly given as '43 instead of '70 as elsewhere.|
|2006||2007||Whereabouts unknown||Not indexed in 2007 Directory.|
|2007||2008||St. Thomas Apostle||Chicago||IL||Chicago archdiocese. See Carmelite Review.|
|2008||2010||St. Matthew's||Joliet||IL||Joliet diocese. There are two index entries for McBrien in the 2009 Directory: 1) at St. Thomas Apostle in Chicago, without an ordination year given; he is also listed in this parish; and 2) at St. Matthew's in Glendale Heights IL, with correct ordination year; he is also listed in this parish. It would seem that McBrien was moved from St. Thomas' to St. Matthew's in late 2008 or early 2009.|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy &
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This assignment record was last updated on August 25, 2010.