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Fr. John P. Feeney


Ordination: 1952

Notes: Fr. John Patrick Feeney, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, stands accused of sexually abusing at least a dozen children during his career as a priest. In 1978, the parents of two young boys reported to the Diocese of Green Bay that Fr. Feeney had molested their sons and the diocese told them it would be taken care of. In 1979, two mothers complained to law enforcement about Fr. Feeney, but were persuaded by the prosecutor not to pursue charges. In 1983, Bishop Wycislo told Fr. Feeney that unless he found a job in another diocese, he would face going to prison or treatment. Fr. Feeney then began working in the Diocese of RenoLas Vegas and the Diocese of San Diego. In May 2012, two survivors tried their case against the Diocese of Green Bay and the Diocese was found liable for concealing Fr. Feeney’s history of child sexual abuse. The Diocese challenged the ruling and a new trial was granted. The case ultimately settled. Later, in October 2012, another civil trial was held in Las Vegas, NV where the jury also found in favor of the sexual abuse survivor. Again the Church challenged the verdict and it was reversed on jurisdictional grounds in 2015 by the Nevada Supreme Court. Fr. Feeney’s name and information pertaining to his time spent in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was released pursuant to a settlement agreement in 2013. 



1953 St. Joseph, Green Bay, WI

1954 Holy Rosary, Kewaunee, WI 1955

St. Joseph’s, Sturgeon Bay, WI

1956 St. Rose’s, Clintonville, WI

1957-1958 St. Peter’s, Oshkosh, WI

1959-1961 Holy Redeemer, Two Rivers, WI

1962-1963 St. Therese’s, Appleton, WI

1964-1965 St. Mary’s/Immaculate Conception, Chilton, WI

1966 Ss. Edward and Isidore, Flintville, WI

1967-1969 Holy Family, Elcho, WI

1970-1973 St. Francis Xavier, De Pere, WI

1974-1976 St. Benedict, Suamico, WI

1977-1979 St. Nicholas, Freedom, WI

1980-1983 St. Mary, Stockbridge, WI

1984 Absent on Leave

1985-1986 St. Francis de Sales, Las Vegas, NV

1987-1990 Absent on sick leave; location unknown

1991-2003 Retired; Los Angeles, CA

2004-2011 Prison, Wisconsin

2005 Laicized

Nov. 2011 Halfway house, Appleton, WI

2012 Missouri

2013-2018 Unknown