Rev. Wayland Y. Brown—Assignment Record

Seminary: Washington Theological College at Catholic University 1972-76
: 1977
Incardinated: Diocese of Savannah GA


Start Stop Parish Town State Position Notes
1969     Savannah GA Taught catechism before ordination. News reports state that a monsignor complained in 1969 about Brown's behavior with boys at a Savannah church where Brown taught catechism. The Savannah churches where a monsignor was listed in 1969 were the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Msgr. T. James McNamara, Senior Vicar General) and Most Blessed Sacrament (Msgr. Andrew J. McDonald, Vicar General and Comptroller).
mid-1970s   St. Rose of Lima Gaithersburg MD Worked at the church while he was in seminary. In the Washington archdiocese.
1977 1979 Church of the Most Holy Trinity Augusta GA 2/2. Pastor was Rev. William F. Simmons. School had 307 pupils.
1979 1982 St. Mary's on the Hill Augusta GA 3/3, in residence. Pastor was Rev. Michael Delea. Other priest was Rev. Michael Lubinsky, then James Mayo. In 1981, 2/2, still in residence, with Rev. Daniel O'Connell as pastor. School had 427 pupils. Parish priests also staffed chapels at St. Joseph's Hospital in Augusta and Aquinas High School (230 boys; 260 girls)
1982 1983 Georgia State Prison Augusta GA Listed as prison chaplain in the 1983 Directory index. But in the 1983 Savannah section, the chaplain of the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville is listed as Rev. Raymond J. Kulwicki CSSp; Brown is listed in the prison's Hospital Ministry, based in Augusta. Perhaps the Directory is in error, listing the Hospital Ministry as within the Georgia State Prison system. See next entry.  
1983 1984 Hospital Ministry Augusta GA Apparently the director. Other priests are listed as chaplains at the various hospitals.  
1984 1985 University Hospital Augusta GA Chaplain.  
1985 1986 Immaculate Conception Moultrie GA 1/1, pastor.  
1985 1986 St. John Vianney Camilla GA 1/1, pastor. Mission of Immaculate Conception in Moultrie. Two nuns are counted in connection with this mission, but no school is listed.
1986 1987 St. Luke's Institute Silver Spring MD   Not indexed in the 1987 Directory. News reports place Brown at St. Luke's.
1987 1988 St. James Savannah GA 3/3. Pastor was Rev. John A. Kenneally. Other priest was Rev. Michael Roverse. Parish school had 517 students.
1987 1988 Our Lady of Good Hope Isle of Hope GA 3/3. Mission of St. James in Savannah.
1988 1993 Not indexed in the 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, or 1993 Directory.        
1993 2000 Special Assignment Savannah GA   Contact info in 1994-2000 Directory:
8920 Old Montgomery Rd., Savannah GA 31406. Tel: 912-355-0541 (tel. only in 1994 Directory).
2000 2003 Unassigned Savannah GA   Contact info in 2001-2002 Directory: Old Montgomery Rd., Savannah GA 31406. In the 2003 Directory, Brown's address is given as 601 E. Liberty St., Savannah GA 31401, which is the chancery.
2003   Not indexed in the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Directory.        

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1978-2006). See also Ga. Priest to Admit to Md. Abuses during '70s, by Phuong Ly, Washington Post (September 26, 2002); Priest Sentenced to 10 Years for Child Sex Abuse, by Stephen Manning, Associated Press (February 6, 2003); and Prosecutors Say Georgia Diocese Was Warned about Abusive Priest, by Phuong Ly, Washington Post (February 7, 2003).

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This assignment record was last updated on 8/6/07.