Rev. Kenneth L. Martin – Assignment History

Summary of Case: Kenneth L. Martin was ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1977. He was an assistant priest at St. Andrew's parish in Bayonne until 1991, when he was made a personal secretary for Archbishop McCarrick while residing at Sacred Heart Cathedral. In 1993 Martin was assigned as Administrator of Holy Name of Jesus in East Orange.

In the mid-1990s a man met with McCarrick to report that Martin had sexually abused him over a four-year period, beginning when he was age 13 in the mid-1970s. He said that Martin also abused his younger brother. The man, Mark Crawford, said that he had gone in 1983 to auxilliary bishop Pechillo with the same information, but that Pechillo took no action. McCarrick removed Martin from ministry briefly, then reassigned him to a hospital chaplaincy. Crawford was alarmed several years later when he saw a photograph in the diocesan newspaper of Martin and McCarrick at a hospital Christmas party for children.

Martin remained in active ministry until 2002. In 2013 he was reportedly still a priest, working as a train conductor in New Jersey.

: 1977


Start Stop Assignments Town/Allegations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop was Peter Leo Gerety (1974-1986), followed by Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1986-2000).

1991 St. Andrew's


Martin allegedly sexually abused at least two boys who were brothers and St. Andrew's parishioners. New Jersey SNAP leader Mark Crawford has stated that in 1983 he told auxiliary bishop Jerome Pechillo that Martin abused him over a four-year period, beginning when he was age 13 in the mid-1970s. He said Martin took him on trips throughout the U.S. and to Europe and gave him expensive gifts. He said, too, that he was terrified of Martin, who would beat him. When he left home at age 17, Crawford said that Martin targeted and sexually abused a younger brother. Martin was kept in ministry.


2/5, 2/4, 3/5, 3/4


St. Andrew's had a school with 437-183 students.
1991 1993 Sacred Heart Cathedral Newark NJ

7/7, 7/8

In residence.

1991 1993 Secretary to the Archbishop Newark NJ    
1993 1996 Holy Name of Jesus East Orange NJ

2/3, 1/3


1996 1997        

Martin is not indexed in the 1997 Directory, nor is he listed in the Newark pages as at his previous or next assignments.

Survivor Mark Crawford said he met with Archbishop McCarrick in 1997 about Martin. Martin was removed from ministry for a short time, then assigned to hospital chaplaincies. Per Crawford, McCarrick told him Martin would be kept from children, but that Martin was shown two years later in a diocesan newspaper photo with McCarrick at a St. James Hospital Christmas party for children. McCarrick, who was elevated to cardinal in 2001, was removed from public ministry in June 2018 due to a credible allegation that he had sexually abused a 16-year-old altar boy in 1971. Another man subsequently came forward, alleging abuse by McCarrick over a 20-year period, beginning when the man was age 11. McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals July 28, 2018.


McCarrick was succeeded as Newark archbishop by John Joseph Myers (2001-2016).

2002 St. James Hospital Newark NJ chaplain  
1999 2002 St. Michael Medical Center Newark NJ chaplain  


Joseph William Tobin, C.SS.R. replaced Myers (2016-).

          Martin is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory. He was removed from active ministry in 2002. In 2013 he was reportedly still a priest, but working as a train conductor in New Jersey.

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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1978-2002).

Mark Crawford, Testimony before the NJ Senate, January 26, 2004
 Assembly Eases Way for Suing Churches by Laura Mansnerus, New York Times, December 18, 2005
 Adult Victims of Child Sex Abuse Push for N.J. Law Eliminating Statute of Limitations, by Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal, January 9, 2012
 Hidden Priests, Secret Pasts: Church Silent about Where it Houses Credibly Accused Clerics, by Mark Mueller, The Star-Ledger, November 3, 2013
Abuse survivor says McCarrick failed to act on complaint about priest, by Peter Feuerherd, National Catholic Reporter, July 27, 2018

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This assignment record was last updated on July 30, 2002.


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