Assignment Record Rev. Michael/Micheal H. Kelley

Summary of Case: Michael (aka Micheal) Kelley was a priest of the Indianapolis archdiocese ordained in 1985. He worked in parishes in Greensburg, Greenwood, Clinton, Universal and Starlight. In 1989 an 18-year-old youth reported to the archdiocese that Kelley fondled him. He said Kelley had been his father figure and spiritual mentor since he was in eighth grade. Kelley was kept in ministry until 2002, when his accuser went to the archdiocese a second time to report the incident. Kelley admitted his behavior and was sent to St. Luke Institute in Maryland for treatment. His status 2002-2005 was "unassigned." According to the archdiocese on its list in 2018 of credibly accused priests, Kelley was accused of sexually abusing two minors, in 1990 and in 1992. 

Ordained: 1985



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Indianapolis archbishop was Edward Thomas O'Meara (1979-1992).

1989 St. Mary's



IN 2/2, 2/3

St. Mary's had a school with 243-252 students.


1991 Our Lady of the Greenwood


An 18-year-old male reported to the archdiocese in 1989 that Kelley fondled him at Our Lady of the Greenwood's rectory. Kelley was said to have been the youth's spiritual mentor and father figure during junior and senior high school. Kelley admitted to the incident in 2002.

IN 2/2 Our Lady of the Greenwood had a school with 320 students.


O'Meara was succeeded by Daniel Mark Buechlein, O.S.B. (1992-2011).

2000 Sacred Heart


Per the archdiocese on its list of credibly accused in 2018, Kelley was accused of abusing two minors, in 1990 and in 1992.

IN 1/1 Sacred Heart had a school with 85-61 students.
1991 2000 St. Joseph's Universal IN   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Clinton.
2000 2002 St. John the Baptist Starlight IN   Kelley's accuser who went to the archdiocese in 1989 did so again in 2002. This time Kelley was placed on leave; he admitted to sexual misconduct with the then 18-year-old youth. Kelley was sent to St. Luke Institute in Maryland for treatment.
2002 2005 Unassigned       Kelley is not indexed beyond the 2005 Directory.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1986-2005)

Priest Quits, Admits Past Misconduct, By Bonnie Harris and Judith Cebula, Indianapolis Star, September 6, 2002
Starlight Priest Resigns As Pastor
Kelley Admits Sex Misconduct with an Adult, By Meghan Hoyer, Courier-Journal [Louisville KY], September 7, 2002
3 Accused Priests Await Decision, By Bonnie Harris, Indianapolis Star, December 17, 2002
Accused Priest Resigns, By Diana Penner, Indianapolis Star [Indianapolis IN], May 9, 2003



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This assignment record was last updated on March 9, 2021.