Fr. John L. Abrams: Diocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Misconduct With a Minor

Fr. John L. Abrams

Fr. John L. Abrams
Ordained: 1950
  • 1951: Unknown
  • 1952-1962: Most Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1963-1972: St. Sylvester, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1973-1979: St. Gregory, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1980-1982: Sacred Heart, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1983-1988: St. Patrick’s, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1989-1996: St. Frances De Chantal, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1997: Absent on sick leave
  • 1998: Retired
  • 11/2007: Authority as a priest permanently removed following allegations of child sexual abuse

Fr. John Abrams was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn. In 2002, Fr. Abrams was accused of sexually abusing several minor boys in the late 1970s to early 1980s while assigned to Sacred Heart in Brooklyn, New York. In 2004 the Diocesan Review Board deemed the allegations credible and Fr. Abrams was barred from public ministry. In 2019, two additional accusations were made against Fr. Abrams for the sexual abuse of minor boys in the 1980s while assigned to St. Patrick’s in Brooklyn, New York. Fr. Abrams was named on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s 2019 “List of Diocesan Clergy for Whom the Diocese Received Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor,” in the subsection “Clergy Members of the Diocese of Brooklyn With Credible Allegations: Credibility Deemed by Diocesan Review Board Determination and/or Admission on Behalf of the Cleric.”


(Sources: & Official Catholic Directory)