Rev. Kevin McBrien, O. Carm. — Assignment Record

Summary of Case: McBrien was removed from position at St. Matthew's church in Glendale Heights in 5/10 after an allegation was made that he abused one youth on a single occasion approximately 30-35 yrs previously while working at Joliet Catholic High School. Same person also alleged abuse on multiple occasions by Fr. Lee Ryan at Providence High School. Investigation by diocese is ongoing. Said to live in a supervised setting as of 8/10.

: 1970
Incardinated: Newark NJ, Joliet IL, Galveston-Houston TX, Los Angeles CA, Sacramento CA, Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL.


Start Stop Parish Town State Position Notes
1970 1971 Immaculate Conception Norwood NJ   Newark archdiocese. School had 113 boys and 136 girls.
1971 1978 St. Cecilia's Englewood NJ   Newark archdiocese. School had 247 boys and 250 girls
1978 1981 Joliet Catholic High School Joliet IL   Joliet diocese. School had 768 students.
1978 1981 St. Elias Priory Joliet IL    
1981 1983 Carmelite Priory Houston TX   Galveston-Houston diocese. Nearby Mt. Carmel High School had four unnamed Carmelite priests on the teaching staff, according to the 1982 and 1983 Directories. Perhaps McBrien was working at the high school, which had 273 boys and 379 girls.
1983 1986 Crespi Carmelite High School Encino CA   Los Angeles archdiocese. The school had 710 students; McBrien was 1 of 9 Carmelites listed as in residence.
1986 1991 St. Frances de Chantal North Hollywood CA   Los Angeles archdiocese. School had 350 students.
1991 1997 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Fairfield CA Pastor. Sacramento diocese. No school; parish had 415 students in catechism class in 1995.
1997 1998 Whereabouts unknown.       Not indexed in 1998 Directory.
1998 2005 Crespi Carmelite High School Encino CA   Los Angeles archdiocese. School had 481 students. McBrien is listed as 1 of 6 Carmelites in residence.
1999 2005   Encino CA Prior McBrien is listed in the Directory as the prior of the Crespi Carmelite community.
2001 ? Commissary Provincial of the Western Commissariate of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Encino CA In this role, McBrien appears in the Mahony Emails 12 and 16. See CITOC.
2001 ? Vocation Director Encino CA   See Carmelite Review, McBrien, Thinking Vocations (with photo), and 2005 photos 1 2.
2005   St. Therese Priory Phoenix AZ   Phoenix diocese. In the 2005 Directory, McBrien is indexed at Crespi HS (see above) and in Phoenix AZ (with no church or school specified). The Phoenix diocese lists him at St. Therese's Priory.
2005 2006 St. Frances de Chantal North Hollywood CA 1 of 2 priests in res; Los Angeles archdiocese; 325 students in school. In 2006 Directory, the last time that McBrien is listed in this assignment, his ordination year is incorrectly given as '43 instead of '70 as elsewhere.
2006 2007 Whereabouts unknown       Not indexed in 2007 Directory.
2007 2008 St. Thomas Apostle Chicago IL   Chicago archdiocese. See Carmelite Review.
2008 2010 St. Matthew's Joliet IL   Joliet diocese. There are two index entries for McBrien in the 2009 Directory: 1) at St. Thomas Apostle in Chicago, without an ordination year given; he is also listed in this parish; and 2) at St. Matthew's in Glendale Heights IL, with correct ordination year; he is also listed in this parish. It would seem that McBrien was moved from St. Thomas' to St. Matthew's in late 2008 or early 2009.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1971-2009).

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This assignment record was last updated on August 25, 2010.