Assignment Record– Rev. Kevin J. Downey, O.F.M.

Summary of Case: Kevin J. Downey was ordained for the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province in 1982. He went on to parish assignments in the dioceses of Buffalo NY, Butler NJ, Raleigh NC, Paterson NJ and Arlington VA. Through much of the 1980s until 1991 he worked in the Springfield IL diocese, at the Franciscan's Quincy College. In May 2016 the Arlington diocese quietly announced that Downey had been placed on leave, pending the investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct toward a male minor in 1990, "in another state." Downey was working at Quincy College during the year in question. At the time of his suspension he was serving as pastor of a Triangle VA parish.

: 1982



Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Diocese of Buffalo NY

Bishop was Edward Dennis Head (1973-1995).

1983 St. Bonaventure Friary Allegany NY  



Diocese of Springfield IL

Bishop was Daniel Leo Ryan (1983-1999)

1985 Quincy College Quincy IL Vice-President for Development  


Diocese of Paterson NJ

Bishop was Frank Joseph Rodimer (1977-2004).

1986 St. Anthony's Butler NJ 2/4 St. Anthony's had a school with 198 students.


Diocese of Springfield IL

Bishop was Daniel Leo Ryan (1983-1999)

1991 Quincy College Quincy IL Director of Campus Ministry 1986-88; Director of Admissions 1988-91  


Diocese of Raleigh NC

Bishop was Francis Joseph Grossman (1975-2006).

1993 St. Francis of Assisi Raleigh NC 2/2 St. Francis' had a CCD program with 789-870 students.
1993 1996         Downey is not indexed in the 1994-1996 Directories; nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.


Diocese of Paterson NJ

Bishop was Frank Joseph Rodimer (1977-2004).

1999 Our Lady of the Assumption/St. Mary's Pompton Lakes NJ 2/2, 2/4 Our Lady of the Assumption had a school with 260-250 students, and a CCD program with 1,775 students.


Diocese of Buffalo NY

Bishop was Henry Joseph Mansell (1995-2003).

2002 St. Bonaventure Allegany NY 1/1 St. Bonaventure had a CCD program with 273-231 students.
1999 2002 St. John the Baptist Vandalia NY 1/1 This was a mission of St. Bonaventure in Allegany.


Diocese of Paterson NJ

Rodimer was succeeded as bishop by Arthur Joseph Serratelli (2004-).

2011 Our Lady of the Assumption/St. Mary's Pompton Lakes NJ 3/3, 1/3, 1/2 Our Lady of the Assumption had a school with 248-281 students, and a CCD program with 1,891-1,791 students.


Diocese of Arlington VA

Bishop was Paul Stephen Loverde (1999-).

2016 St. Francis of Assisi Triangle VA 2/3 Pastor St. Francis' had a school with 337-324 students, and a CCD program with 988-802 students.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1983-2014).

Pastor Placed on Administrative Leave, Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, June 6, 2016

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This assignment record was last updated on June 30, 2016.


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