Fr. John F. Degnan: Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors 

Fr. John F. Degnan

Ordained, 1951
  • 1952 St. Mary’s, Kingsman, AZ (GLP)
  • 1953-1957 St. Ann, Ash Fork, AZ (GLP)
  • 1958-1962 St. Cecilia, Clarkdale, AZ (GLP)
  • 1961 Catholic Boy Scouts, Clarkdale, AZ (GLP)
  • 1963-1965 St. Martin’s, Chouteau Springs, MO (JC)
  • 1966-1968 Absent on Leave (GLP)
  • 1969-1971 St. Thomas, St. Thomas, MO (JC)
  • 1971 St. Patrick, Gravois Mills, MO (JC)
  • 1972-1974 St. Joseph, Westphalia, MO (JC)
  • 1975-1982 St. Anthony, Camdenton, MO (JC)
  • 1983-1987 Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City, MO (JC)
  • 1988-2001 St. Lawrence, St. Elizabeth, MO (JC)
  • 2002-2009 Retired
  • 2010 Died

Fr. John F. Degnan worked at several parishes in the Diocese of Gallup and the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri. At least 17 survivors have come forward with allegations of child sexual abuse perpetrated by Fr. Degnan during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The allegations were reported in 2001, 2002, and 2005. Fr. Degnan was included in the Diocese of Gallup’s “List of clergy identified by the Diocese of Gallup as having credible allegations of sexual misconduct made against them.” Fr. Degnan was also named in the Diocese of Jefferson City’s “Priests and religious brothers credibly
accused and/or removed from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson City” in the section “Clergy and religious brothers who have served in the Diocese of Jefferson City who have been credibly accused of actions which were in violation of the Charter for The Protection of Children and Young People (“Charter”) or which would have constituted a violation of the Charter if the Charter had been in effect.” Fr. Degnan’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 2001 until his death are unknown.