Fr. James E. Kelly: Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Misconduct With a Minor

Fr. James E. Kelly

Ordained: 1957
  • 1958-1961 On Duty Outside of Diocese, Catholic University of America
  • 1962-1967 On Duty Outside of Diocese, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
  • 1972 St. Agnes, Cohoes, NY (ALB)
  • 1973 St. Joseph, Cohoes, NY (ALB)
  • 1974 Keveny Memorial Academy High School, Cohoes, NY (ALB)
  • 1975 Youth Activities Office, Albany, NY (ALB
  • 1976-1982 On Duty Outside of Diocese; Father Flanagan’s Home, Boys Town, NE (OM)
  • 1983 St. Peter, Troy, NY (ALB)
  • 1984-1985 St. Joseph, Rensselaer, NY (ALB)
  • 1986-1988 St. Agnes-St. Patrick, Cohoes, NY (ALB)
  • 1989 St. Mary, Ballston Spa, NY (ALB)
  • 1990-1991 Unknown
  • 1992 Special Assignment; 507 Lake Desolation Rd, Middle Grove, NY (ALB)
  • 1993 Special Assignment; 2213 Tosca, Las Vegas, NV (LAV)
  • 1994 Special Assignment; St. Mary’s of the Mountains, Virginia City, NV (RNO)
  • 1995 Special Assignment; 204 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV (LAV)
  • 1996-1997 On Duty Outside of Diocese, PO Box 977, McGill, NV (LAV)
  • 1998-2003 Retired, McGill, NV (LAV)
  • 2004-2019 Unknown

Fr. James E. Kelly was named in two lawsuits in 2003 alleging child sexual abuse. Fr. Kelly allegedly sexually abused children at a home for wayward youths in Omaha, NE, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 2003, Fr. Kelly was removed from ministry. A complaint was made to the Diocese of Albany in the 1980s and a review board concluded there was no sexual abuse. However, Fr. Kelly was sent for therapy and evaluation before returning to ministry. After the lawsuits were filed, several more people came forward with complaints of sexual abuse by Fr. Kelly in the 1980s at a Rensselaer church and school. At least one survivor has alleged abuse by Fr. Kelly at Keveny Academy in Cohoes, New York. Fr. Kelly was included on the Diocese of Albany’s lists of “Clergy Credibly Accused While Serving in the Diocese of Albany.” It is believed that Fr. Kelly was removed from ministry in 2003. Fr. Kelly’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.