Fr. John O’Keefe





Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York

Summary of Assignments:  

  • Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY; 1980s
  • Archbishop Stepinac High School, White Plains, NY; 1992-2003
  • St. Margaret of Antioch Parish, Pearl River, NY; 2003-2015

Notes:  Monsignor. Pastor of Pearl River NY parish. Educator most of career in Bronx and White Plains. Suspended 12/15 after credible allegation of sexual abuse of a boy in early 1980s. O’Keefe was a teacher and guidance counselor at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx at the time, and his accuser was a student. Abuse alleged to have occurred twice – once in NY and once in VA. O’Keefe denied allegations. Investigations by D.A.s in NY and VA led to removal. Two more male accusers, allegations found credible. No charges due to SOL. Investigation by church initiated. Permanent removal by the archdiocese announced 9/16 by plaintiff’s attorney.

Sources:  Journal News 12.18.15; The Patch [White Plains] 12.18.15; WABC 12.18.15; Daily Voice 12.19.15; Journal News 12.19.15; 12 News 12.20.15; New York Daily News 05.30.16; Journal News 09.26.16; New York Daily News 09.26.16; CBS New York 09.27.16; Fios 1 News 09.27.16; The Patch 09.27.16; Irish Central 09.28.16; Journal News 09.29.16


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