Fr. Kenneth L. Martin

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1977-1991: St. Andrew’s; Bayonne, NJ
  • 1991-1993:
    • Sacred Heart Cathedral; Newark, NJ
    • Secretary to the Archbishop; Newark, NJ
  • 1993-1996: Holy Name of Jesus; East Orange, NJ
  • 1996-1997: Not listed in the 1997 Official Catholic Directory
  • 1997-2002: St. James Hospital – Chaplain; Newark, NJ
  • 1999-2002: St. Michael Medical Center – Chaplain; Newark, NJ
  • 2002: Removed from active ministry


Accused of abuse of two teenage brothers. One told auxiliary bishop Pichelli in 1983, but no action. Martin later moved to prominent position in diocese, then returned to parish ministry. A man went to Archbishop McCarrick with allegations in 1996 or 1997. Martin was removed for a time then returned to duty as a hospital chaplain. In 2013 he was still a priest, without privileges, working as a train conductor for NJ Transit. He successfully sued to keep personnel file from being released in Bankruptcy. On archdiocese’s list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Permanently removed from ministry.


Mark Crawford, Testimony before the NJ Senate, 01.26.04New York Times 12.18.05Jersey Journal 01.09.12Star-Ledger 11.03.13National Catholic Reporter 07.17.18Church Militant 09.03.18Archdiocese of Newark List 02.13.19Archdiocese of Newark Tobin Letter 02.13.19; Assignment Record;