Robert L. Brown

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1958-1968: St. Agnes
  • 1969-1981: St. Mary (Manhasset)
  • 1982-1991: St. Catherine of Sienna
  • 1992-1994: St. Christopher
  • 1994: Deceased


Diocese received allegation in 2014 that Brown sexually abused a boy beginning when he was age 16, 1981-1989. The boy was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Sienna in Franklin Square, and reportedly had gone to Brown for guidance. The abuse is said to have occurred during sleepovers in the rectory, and included rape. Brown’s accuser said he told other priests about the abuse in confessions, but no one helped him. Brown died in the mid-1990s. Accuser received 500k in 2018 from compensation program set up by diocese.

Sources: New York Times 10.16.17; News12 Long Island 10.16.17; Newsday 02.13.18; LI Herald 02.15.18

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.