Rev. Francis E. McGlynn

Summary of Case: McGlynn has been accused by three women and one man of sexually abusing them when they were minors in the 1960s and 1970s. The male accuser said McGlynn sexually abused him over three years, beginning when he was 11 years-old. The women said they were victimized between the ages of 12 and 17. The Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese claims it first learned of accusations against McGlynn in April 2002. McGlynn retired in 1992, but continued to practice ministry at a Byzantine Rite church. He was removed from active ministry in April 2002. A lawsuit filed in Oct. 2011 alleges the diocese knew McGlynn was molesting children in the 1960s. McGlynn denied all accusations.

: 1954

Retired: 1992


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Kansas City bishop was Edwin Vincent O'Hara (1939-1956)

1956 Holy Cross Kansas City MO 3/3, 3/4 Holy Cross had a school with 332-315 students.


Springfield-Cape Girardeau bishop was Charles Herman Helmsing (1956-1962)

1957 Sacred Heart Conway MO 1/1  


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop was John Patrick Cody (1956-1961)

1958 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Kansas City MO 3/5 The Cathedral had a school with 149 students.
1958 1960 St. Patrick's St. Joseph MO 3/3, 2/2 St. Patrick's had a school with 275-296 students.


Cody was succeeded by Charles Herman Helmsing (1962-1977)

1964 St. Catherine's

Kansas City

In an Oct. 2011 lawsuit a woman accused McGlynn of sexually abusing her in a janitor's closet when she was a 12 to 13 year-old student at St. Catherine's in 1963 and 1964.

MO 3/3, 2/3

St. Catherine's had a school with 1,064-1,196 students.

In a 2011 lawsuit, the Kansas-City St. Joseph diocese was said to have known in the 1960s that McGlynn was sexually abusing children.

1964 1965 Holy Trinity Kansas City MO 2/2 Holy Trinity had a school with 153 students.
1965 1967 St. Rose of Lima Savannah MO 1/1 Adminstrator; Pastor  
1967 1970 Sacred Heart Hamilton MO 1/1  
1967 1970 St. Margaret Mary Braymer MO   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Hamilton.
1970 1974 St. Mary's


In April 2002 a woman reported to the diocese that McGlynn sexually abused her when she was 17 years-old in 1973 and 1974. The young woman was preparing to marry a Catholic man, and McGlynn was her catechism instructor. The lessons were private. She said McGlynn told her the sexual contact was a condition of her ability to marry within the church.

A man told the diocese in 2002 that McGlynn sexually abused him in 1973 and 1974, and had begun physically and emotionally abusing him in 1971, when the man was a 10 year-old St. Mary's altar boy. The man said when he was 11, he disclosed to McGlynn during confession that a neighbor was sexually abusing him. He said McGlynn proceeded to also sexually abuse him for the next three years, telling the boy it was Jesus Christ who was "engaging in love".

In an Oct. 2004 lawsuit a woman accused McGlynn of having sexually abused her between Sept. 1972 and May 1974, when she was a 15 year-old St. Mary's parishioner.

MO 2/2, 2/3 St. Mary's had a school with 391-275 students.
1970 1974 Church of Santa Fe Buckner MO   This was a mission of St. Mary's in Independence.
1970 1974 St. Thomas the Apostle East Independence MO   This was a mission of St. Mary's in Independence.
1974 1975 Guardian Angels Kansas City MO 3/3 Guardian Angels had a school with 230 students.


Helmsing was replaced by John Joseph Sullivan (1977-1993)

1978 St. Therese

Parkville MO 2/2, 2/3 St. Therese had a school with 349-430 students.
1978 1979 St. Peter's Kansas City MO 2/3 St. Peter's had a grade school with 410 students, and a preschool with 64 students.
1979 1981 St. Louis Kansas City MO 2/2
In residence.
1981 1992 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Kansas City MO 4/4, 5/5, 6/6
In residence
1992 2002 St. Luke Byzantine Sugar Creek MO   This was an Eastern Rite parish of the Eparchy of Parma, Ohio.


Raymond James Boland followed Sullivan as Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop (1993-2005)

2002 Retired      

McGlynn had a Kansas City address. He is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.

McGlynn was removed from active ministry in 2002, after two people came forward with accusations that he had sexually abused them as minors. By late 2004 two more people alleged he had sexually abused them in the past. McGlynn denied all allegations.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-2002)

In Separate Lawsuits, Man and Woman Accuse Retired Priest of Abuse, By Kevin Murphy, Kansas City Star, October 10, 2003
Mother Superior Court, By Kendrick Blackwood, The Pitch [Kansas City], October 16, 2003
Diocese Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuits against Priests, [Kansas City MO], November 19, 2003
Former Priest Seeks to Muffle Lawyers, Defendant Wants Papers in Abuse Lawsuit Sealed, Too, By Kevin Murphy, Kansas City Star
December 18, 2003
Ex-Priest Accused of Sex Abuse in Third Lawsuit, By Kevin Murphy, Kansas City Star, October 21, 2004
Lawsuit against Priest Rejected, By Kevin Murphy, Kansas City Star, December 17, 2004
Case against Ex-Priest Set for Trial on Monday, The Examiner, September 26, 2007
Diocese Settles Lawsuit in Priest Abuse Case, Associated Press, carried in KCTV, September 26, 2007
Church Pays $225k to Settle Kansas City Priest Abuse Case, Associated Press, carried in My Fox, September 26, 2007
Area Diocese to Pay Its Biggest Settlement in an Alleged Priest Sex Abuse Case, By Joe Lambe,The Kansas City Star, September 26, 2007
Ruling on Statute of Limitations on Clergy Sexual Abuse Cases Hits KC, By Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 27, 2007
The Priests Involved, Kansas City Star, August 20, 2008
Tentative Settlement Reached in KC Priest Abuse Cases, By Mark Morris, Kansas City Star, August 20, 2008
Another Lawsuit Brought against Priest, By Sugar Creek, The Examiner, October 12, 2011
SNAP Statements on Abusive Priest Sued Again, By Robert Bates, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, October 12, 2011
Two Lawsuits Allege Abuse by Priests, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, October 21, 2011
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Facing New Lawsuit, By Monica Evans, FOX 4, October 25, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 3, 2012