Name: Myles Joseph Kearney
Position: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Pastoral Assignments: St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA; St. George, Baton Rouge, LA; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baton Rouge, LA; Our Lady of Prompt Succor, White Castle, LA; St. Mark, Gonzales, LA; St. Francis de Sales, Baton Rouge, LA; Director of Deaf Apostolate, Baton Rouge, LA; St. Joseph, Grosse Tete, LA; St. John the Evangelist, Prairieville, LA; St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge, LA (In Residence); Chaplain at Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA; Chaplain at Columbia Medical Center, Baton Rouge, LA; Immaculate Conception, Lakeland, LA; St. Jude the Apostle the Apostle, Baton Rouge, LA; Most Blessed Sacrament, Baton Rouge, LA; St. Anne, Sorrento, LA; St. Patrick, Baton Rouge, LA
Estimated time of abuse: Late-1980s
Allegation received: 4/15/2002
Number of allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. John the Evangelist, Prairieville, LA
Removed from ministry: Priestly faculties removed in 2002.
Details: Kearney studied sign language and worked as the director/pastor of St. Francis de Sales parish, preaching to deaf and hearing populations. He told The Advocate in 1983 that Bishop Joseph Sullivan appointed him there. “I was scared when Bishop Sullivan asked me if I would accept being pastor at the Deaf Center, because I knew nothing about the handicap, but I wanted to do it,” Kearney said.
The Diocese also clarified that two priests named Myles Kearney had served in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The one who was the subject of a credible allegation of abuse was ordained in 1971 and his abuse was alleged to have happened in the late 1980s at St. John the Evangelist in Prairieville. The other priest named Myles Kearney, who was not accused of abuse, was ordained in 1938 and served at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in St. Francisville.