Rev. George R. Greenwell

Summary of Case: A woman filed a lawsuit in 2003 claiming she was abused by Greenwell in a school restroom when she was a first grader, in about 1951. Greenwell retired in 1992 and died in September 1995. His name was included on the archdiocese's list in 2019 of those with substantiated allegations against them.

: 1942
Retired: 1992
Died: September 12, 1995


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Louisville archbishop was John Alexander Floersh (1924-1967)

1947 St. Philip Neri's Louisville KY



Parish had a school with 204-180 students.
1947 1949 Most Blessed Sacrament Louisville KY 3/3 Parish had a school with 631-651 students.
1949 1958 St. Raphael the Archangel


Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a first grade girl in a school restroom in about 1951. (Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
April 15, 2003)

KY 2/2, 2/3 Parish had a school with 332-810 students.
1958 1964 SS. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital Louisville KY Chaplain  


Succeeding Floersh was Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967-1981)

1973 St. Jerome's Fairdale KY

2/3, 1/2


Parish had a school with 342-144 students.
1973 1975 St. Theresa's Rhodelia KY 1/1  
1975 1977 St. Lawrence's Louisville KY 2/3 Parish had a school with 440-430 students.


Thomas Cajetan Kelly, O.P. followed McDonough as archbishop (1981-2007)

1982 St. Joseph's St. Joseph KY 1/1  
1982 1993 Motherhouse and Novitiate of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross Nerinx KY Chaplain Greenwell is indexed as retired beginning in 1983.
1993 1995 Retired Louisville KY  

Lived at the Bishop David Apartments, which was a residence for retired priests. Greenwell died Sept. 12, 1995.

Greenwell's name was included on the archdiocese's list in 2019 of those with substantiated allegations against them.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1943-1996)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 12, 2021.