Fr. Keith Fennessy




Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1984-1987:  St. Gabriel’s; Bronx, NY
  • 1988:  Not listed in 1988 Catholic Directory
  • 1989-1992:  St. Columbanus; Peekskill/Cortlandt Manor, NY
  • 1992-1993:  Chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center; Manhattan, NY
  • 1993-1997:  Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center; New York City, NY
    • Director of Mission Development and Pastoral Services
  • 1998:  Not listed in the Catholic Directory
  • 1999-2002:  St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
  • 2001-2002:  Most Holy Crucifix; New York City, NY
  • 2002-2004:  Absent on Leave
  • 2004-2005:  St. Peter’s; Staten Island, NY
  • 2005-2006:  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta; Staten Island, NY
  • 2006-2010:  St. Margaret Mary’s; Staten Island, NY
  • 2011:  Not listed in 2011 Catholic Directory
  • 2012-2015: St. Columba; Manhattan. NY
  • 2015-2016:  Leave of Absence

Notes:  In 2015, Fennessy was removed from ministry at St. Columba’s in Manhattan after pornography was discovered on his computer “that violated the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” The Archdiocese announced in March 2016 that its Lay Review Board investigated and recommended Fennessy no longer be permitted to serve as a priest. Archdiocese Cardinal Timothy Dolan accepted their recommendation. In May 2017, Fennessy filed suit against Cardinal Dolan, claiming he was falsely accused.

Sources: New York 03.30.16; Staten Island Advance 04.05.16; Staten Island Advance 04.05.16; New York Post 05.20.17; Staten Island Advance 05.21.17; DNA Info Assignment Record

Note: Years listed indicate editions of the Official Catholic Directory. Because of the publication schedule of the Directory, a priest listed at a parish in a given year was also likely at that parish for part of the previous year.