Assignment Record– Rev. Joseph J. Brennan

Summary of Case: Joseph J. Brennan was a priest of the Camden NJ diocese, ordained in 1945. He was assigned to parishes
in Ocean City, Somers Point, Westmont, Brooklawn, Camden and Swedesboro and was a hospital chaplain in Camden for two
years in the 1950s. Notably, his status was Absent on Sick Leave 1963-1966. Brennan died September 28, 1976. Brennan was accused
in a lawsuit settled in January 2016 of sexual abuse of a child at a Brooklawn parish 1957-59.

May 7, 1914
Ordained: 1945
September 28, 1976

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Camden bishop was Bartholomew Joseph Eustace (1937-1956).

1952 St. Augustine's Ocean City NJ 2/2 St. Augustine's had a school with 103-163 students.
1945 1946 St. Joseph's Somers Point NJ   This was a mission of St. Augustine's in Ocean City.
1952 1954 Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Camden NJ Chaplain  
1954 1955 Holy Saviour Westmont NJ   2/3 Holy Saviour had a school with 406 students.


Eustace was succeeded as Camden bishop by Justin Joseph McCarthy (1957-1959), followed by Celestine Joseph Damiano (1960-1967).

1963 St. Maurice's


Brennan was accused in a lawsuit settled in January 2016 of sexual abuse of a child at St. Maurice's 1957-59.

NJ 1/1, 1/2  
1963 1966 Absent on Sick Leave        


Damiano was replaced by George Henry Guilfoyle (1968-1989).

1969 St. Joan of Arc Camden NJ 3/4, 2/4 St. Joan of Arc had a school with 393-408 students.
1969 1976 St. Joseph's Swedesboro NJ 1/3, 1/2 Brennan died September 28, 1976.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons 1946-1977)

Rev. Joseph J. Brennan Memorial,
Assignment Histories for 16 Clerics Named in Recent Settlements by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian,, March 28, 2016


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This assignment record was last updated on April 5, 2016.