Assignment Record – Rev. Michael O'Connor Barry, s.j.

Summary of Case: A member of the Societ of Jesus, Barry was a teacher and, at some point, a hospital chaplain in St. Louis. He was accused in a 2004 lawsuit, along with three other priests, of having sexually abused a student at a St. Louis Jesuit high school from 1982-1985. Barry's accuser said the priests plied him with alcohol and "played mind games" to silence him. Barry died in 1987.

: 1979
Died: Feb. 19, 1987


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1979 1980         Barry is not indexed in the 1980 Directory. He was ordained in 1979.


St. Louis archbishop was John Lawrence May (1980-1992).

1981 St. Matthew, Apostle St. Louis MO 5/7 In residence. St. Matthew's had a school with 203 students.
1981 1982         Barry is not indexed in the 1982 Directory.
    Cardinal Ritter Preparatory High School

St. Louis

Barry, along with three other priests, was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abused a Cardinal Ritter student from about 1982-1985. His accuser said the priests plied him with alcohol and "played mind games to keep him quiet".

1982 1985 Jesuit House St. Louis MO    
      St. Louis MO hospital chaplain  


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop was John Joseph Sullivan (1977-1993).

1987 Rockhurst College

Kansas City MO history teacher  
1986 1987 St. Louis University St. Louis MO  

Barry is indexed in the 1987 Directory twice, at both Rockhurst College and St. Louis University.

Barry died Feb. 19, 1987.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1980-1988)

Church Settles Suit Accusing Four Priests of Abuse, Associated Press, carried in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 19, 2007
Sexual Abuse Settlement Reached against Former ESL Priest and Two Others, Belleville News-Democrat, April 19, 2007
Civil Suit against 3 Priests Is Settled, Missouri Man to Receive $140,000. Allegations Included Sexual Abuse, Associated Press, carried in Kansas City Star, April 20, 2007
Alleged Victim of Sex Abuse by Priests Identifies Himself in Jet, By Deb Peterson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 25, 2007
Man Abused by Priests Urges Blacks to Speak out, By Sylvester Brown Jr., St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 10, 2007
Clergy Sex Suit Settled, By Alvin A. Reid, St. Louis American [St. Louis MO], June 13, 2007

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This assignment record was last updated on April 14, 2013