Rev. Eugene J. O'Brien, S.J.
Description of the Case: On 1/30/97, the Jesuits, the
NY Archdiocese, and Fordham Prep settled for $25K a suit alleging that
O'Brien sexually abused a boy in the early 1970s. O'Brien was principal
of Fordham Prep in 1960-80 and of Fairfield Prep in the Bridgeport diocese
in 1983-85. He also worked at St. Peter's Prep in the Newark archdiocese
in 1959-60, and in 1995-2002 was president of the fundraising foundation
for the Pontifical Gregorian University.
||Fordham Preparatory School
||As per 1991 oral history.
||College of the Sacred
||St. Robert's Hall
||Tertianship of the New England Province of the Society
||Cardinal Spellman Hall
at Fordham University
||St. Peter's Preparatory
||St. Peter's was a Jesuit high school with 980 students,
||Fordham Preparatory School
• In 1997 the Jesuits settled a suit alleging that O'Brien
sexually abused a boy here in the early 1970s. See the settlement and an article about it. See also this article, which dates the alleged abuse to 1964-1966. O'Brien is alleged to have abused the boy numerous times, including during a European trip with O'Brien and five other Prep students.
O'Brien was the superior of Fr Roy A Drake SJ and Mr Fernand Beck during this period.
Fordham Prep was a Jesuit high school with 746-882 students.
||Leonard Neale House
||Fairfield College Preparatory
||Fairfield Prep was a high school with 969-948 students,
||Jesuit Community at Fordham
||Vice President for University
||The Gregorian University
||Residence and publication office of the America Press.
||Jogues Retreat Center
||Reportedly residing here as of 2013.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York:
Kenedy & Sons, 1957-2008).
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report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January
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