Rev. Patrick Henry

Summary of Case: Henry was placed on leave by the Diocese of Cleveland in June 2007 after a complaint that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s, prior to ordination. The Diocesan Review Board deemed the allegation credible, and the matter was forwarded to the Vatican. Henry worked at Boy's Town in NE prior to ordination; at least one man alleged that Henry abused him when he was a Boys Town resident. Henry also worked in the Omaha Diocese 1981-84, in Bolivia 1984-89, again in Omaha 1990-1992, and then in Peru. He transferred to the Diocese of Cleveland in 1994. His name was included on the Omaha archdiocese's list in November 2018. It notes that there was a  report to Cleveland in 2008 of abuse in the 1970s-1980s. (It says his transfer to Cleveland was in 1997, but the Catholic Directory shows 1994.) Laicized, per the Cleveland diocese's list in June 2019.

Ordained: 1981|
Laicized: prior to 2019

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1967   Boys Town

Boys Town

• An allegation surfaced in 2007 that Henry sexually abused a minor prior to ordination, in the mid-1970s. (Omaha World-Herald
January 19, 2008)

NE House parent and lay social worker. This was prior to ordination.  
1980   Sacred Heart Norfolk NE   Per news reports Henry worked here as a seminary intern in 1980. (Akron Beacon Journal
January 18, 2008)


Omaha archbishop was Daniel Eugene Sheehan (1969-1993)

1984 St. Columbkille Papillion NE



Parish had a school with 206-241 students.
1984 1989   Cochabamba Bolivia   Henry worked with the Maryknoll mission. (Plain Dealer March 6, 1995) He is not listed in the 1985 Directory.


Ft. Wayne-Southbend bishop was John Michael D'Arcy (1985- )

1990 University of Notre Dame Southbend IN   Henry is indexed in the 1990 Directory as with the Maryknoll Foreign Mission. He is listed in the Ft. Wayne-Southbend IN diocesan pages as at Notre Dame.



1992 St. Michael's South Sioux City NE

2/2, 3/3


Parish had a school with 243 students.
1990 1992 St. Cornelius Homer NE  

This was a mission of St. Michael's in South Sioux City.

1992 1994   the Alteplano, near Lake Titicaca Peru   Henry is not indexed in the 1993 Directory. A Patrick Henry, m.m., ordained in 1984 is indexed as with Maryknoll Foreign Missions in the 1994 Directory. No such person is indexed in the 1995 Directory. It may be the same Patrick Henry. News reports show him to have been in Peru during this time.


Cleveland bishop was Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006)

1998 St. Peter's Lorain OH 2/3 Parish had a school with 553-620 students, and a CCD program with 323-374 students.
1998 2003 St. Mary's Painesville OH    
2002 2003 St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Wooster OH 2/2 Parish had a school with 223 students, and a CCD program with 352 students.


Richard Gerard Lennon replaced Pilla as bishop (2006- )

2007 St. Christine's Euclid OH

1/1, 1/2


Parish had a school with 188 students 2003-2004, but no school shown thereafter in the Directories. There was a CCD program with 71-50 students.
2007 2008        

Henry is not indexed in the 2008 Directory.

He was suspended from ministry due to an accusation of child sexual abuse said to have occurred in the mid 1970s. (The Plain Dealer [Cleveland OH]
June 13, 2007)

2008 2009 Administrative Leave       Laicized sometime prior to 2019. (Diocese of Cleveland list, May 21, 2019)     

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1982-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on May 27, 2021.