Fr. Harry J. Byrne



Diocese: Archdiocese of New York


  • Entered St. Joseph Seminary in 1940
  • Ordained on December 1, 1945
  • Completed a doctoral degree in Canon Law at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Appointed as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of New York from 1968 to 1970
  • Appointed as Pastor at St. Joseph’s parish in Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood in 1970
  • Appointed as Pastor at Epiphany Parish in 1982 and continued until 1996
  • Celebrated weekend masses at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining in the 2000s

Byrne was arraigned in October 2017, facing more than 70 counts for possession of child pornography while he resided at St. John Vianney Center for Retired Priests. According to the Bronx District Attorney, Byrne had “dozens of photographs on his computer of girls 8 to 14 years old performing sex acts with men or posing naked.”

Sources: Record Vol 142, No 2 01.04.96; Lohud 10.31.17; New York Daily News 10.31.17