John E. McCann omi
Jack McCann omi
Oblate priest. Ordained 28 May 1955. 1991 – six charges related to sex abuse of girls under age 16 in the 70s. CONVICTED. Served 10 months in jail. (in some instances date of ordination shown as 1954. He was ordained in 1955) Actively ministering in the Archdiocese of Ottawa for a number of years, both at St. Brigid’s Church and. for the past four years or so, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Removed early May 2011 after publicity re his presence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Obituary 2018 (Click to enlarge)
Pictured below: Father Jack McCann with Father Liang, Father Kane, Archbishop Prendergast and the Deacon at Mount Carmel 11 December 2011 (Father McCann is to the second from the right, between the Deacon and the Archbishop)
Picture above (by John W. MacDonald): Closing Mass and deconsecration of St. Brigid’s Church Ottawa 16 September 2007. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast sj at centre of altar as celebrant. Concelebrating to Archbishop’s left at the altar (right of picture) is Vicar General Monsignor Kevin Beach. In between is Father John McCann omi. Third to the Archbishop’s right is the then Pastor of St. Brigid’s, Father Pedro Arrana. Not seen but present is Father Liang.
23 June 2011: Campbell’s Corner
Schedule for Ottawa pro-life mass: 11 Dec 2010 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel with celebrants Archbishop Prendergast sj and Fathers Jack McCann omi and Joe Kane omi (the pdf file clipped to the right in conversion, but I believe enough text can be seen to recognize the names)
02 February 1992 and 25 August 1992: McCann arrested, and charges reduced to five after preliminary hearing
09 October 2012: Priest abuse case (CHEK TV Victoria, BC – 09 October 2012)
14 May 2011: Should Sex Offenders in the Community Be Public?
07 May 2011: Ottawa priest was convicted of sex assaults
07 May 2011: No more services for priest convicted of abuse
07 May 2011: Church’s sex-crime response ‘disgusting’
07 May 2011: Priest ordered out
06 May 2011: Parishioners Learn of Priest’s Sexual Offences
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) of the same date , the 199 Oblate Directory (OD99), and media (M)
27 July 2018: Died at Maycourt Hospice, Ottawa, age 89
2011, 2010: apartment on Brittany Drive, Ottawa, Ontario (CCCD)
2000, 1998, 1996, 1994: Oblate residence – 130 Springhurst Ave., Ottawa, Ontario (CCCD)
1993: Systems mgr., computer, Ottawa – St. Paul’s University, Ottawa, Ontario (OD99)
1992: Oblate Provincial House, 1311 The Crescent, Vancouver, British Columbia (CCCD)
1991 Pastor, Our Lady of Grace, Ganges, BC (CCCD)
1990: Pastor, Ganges (June-Oct.) and later leave of absence (OD99)
1984-90: Edmonton, Alberta (M)
1985-86: 1611 – 98 St., Edmonton, Alberta (CCCD)
1984: Mission Band, Edmonton, Alberta (OD99)
1983: Sabbatical, Ottawa, Ontario (OD99)
1981-83: Fort St. John, BC (M)
1981: Pastor, Fort St. John, (OD99) (Diocese of Prince George, BC)
1974-1981: St. Peter’s RC Church, New Westminister, B.C. (see pdf files “Parish profiles…” above)
1973: Pastor, New Westminster, BC (OD99) (Archdiocese of Vancouver)
1973-74, 1971-72: Pastor, St. Augustine RC Church, Vancouver, BC
1970: Pastor, St. Augustine, Vancouver, BC (OD99) (Archdiocese of Vancouver)
1968-69: St. Patrick’s Rectory, Lethbridge, Alberta (Pastor Father R.F. Francis McCarty omi) (CCCD)
1963-70: St. Patrick’s RC Church, Lethbridge, Alberta (M)
1963: assistant, Lethbridge, Alberta (OD99) (Archdiocese of Calgary, Alberta)
1959-63: Nootka, B.C. (BC) (Vancouver Island? Diocese of Victoria)
1959: missionary, Nootka (OD99) (Vancouver Island? Diocese of Victoria)
1959: St. Patrick’s College, Ottawa, Ontario (CCCD)
1956: Teacher, St. Patrick’s School, Ottawa, Ontario (OD99) (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario)
05 June 1955: ORDAINED
attended St. George Catholic School in Ottawa. Ontario
native of Ottawa, Ontario
23 August 1991
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. (CP) – Police have charged a 63-year-old Roman Catholic priest with sexual assault. John McCann faces six sex- related counts involving girls under 16 in alleged incidents between 1972 and 1979. He has been released on bail.
Former Edmonton priest charged
22 August 1991
Police in New Westminster, B.C. have charged a former Edmonton priest with sexual assault. John McCann, a priest since 1955, faces six sex-related counts involving girls under 16.
Police said the alleged offences occurred while McCann was serving as a priest at St. Augustine’s church in Vancouver between 1972 and 1973 as well as St. Peter’s church in New Westminster between 1975 to 1979.
McCann, 63, served as a priest in Nootka, B.C., between 1959 to 1963; at St. Patrick’s church in Lethbridge between 1963 to 1970; in Fort St. John, B.C., from 1981 to 1983; in Edmonton from 1984 to 1990, and finally in Ganges, B.C., from Aug. 1990 to October 1990. The police investigation is continuing.
Priest in court on sex charges
The Vancouver Sun
22 August 1991
A 63-year-old Roman Catholic priest was charged Wednesday in New Westminster provincial court with six counts relating to sexual offences involving females under the age of 16 years.
Rev. John McCann, a priest since June 5, 1955, was released on bail and is to appear in court again on Sept. 4.
The offences are alleged to have taken place while McCann was serving as a priest at St. Augustine’s Church in Vancouver from 1972 to 1973 and at St. Peter’s Church in New Westminster from 1975 to 1979.
McCann also served as parish priest in Nootka from 1959 to 1963; at St. Patrick’s Church in Lethbridge, Alta., from 1963 to 1970; at Fort St. John from 1981 to 1983; at Edmonton, Alta., from 1984 to 1990, and at Ganges on Saltspring Island from August 1990 until October 1990, at which time he was removed from duty.
“The investigation into these allegations is continuing,” New Westminster police said Wednesday in a news release. They requested that anyone with information contact the New Westminster police criminal-investigation division at 525-5411.
New West cops charge priest with sex assault
The Province (Vancouver, B.C.)
22 August 1991
New Westminster police have charged a 63-year-old Roman Catholic priest with sexual assault.
Father John McCann, 63, a priest since 1955, faces six counts involving girls under 16.
Police said the alleged offences occurred while McCann was serving as a priest at St. Augustine’s church in Vancouver between 1972 and 1973 and at St. Peter’s church in New Westminster between 1975 and 1979.
McCann served as a priest in Nootka, from 1959 to 1963, at St. Patrick’s church in Lethbridge, Alta., from 1963 to 1970, in Fort St. John from 1981 to 1983, in Edmonton from 1984 to 1990 and finally in Ganges on Saltspring Island from August to October 1990.
“The investigation into these allegations is continuing,” New Westminster police Sgt. Bob Kraiger said yesterday.
He said anyone having information about the alleged incidents should contact New Westminster police.
McCann has been released on bail.
Most of the allegations of sexual abuse in B.C. against Roman Catholic priests have centred in Interior communities such as Nelson.
Concerned officials there formed a sexual-abuse task force to investigate charges of sexual assault by clergymen.
In June, RCMP charged a former Cranbrook parish priest with sex attacks dating back to 1961 and 1963. Rev. Ian Theodore Cooper, 57, became the sixth priest from the region to be charged with sex offences.
Among the others charged was Nelson Msgr. John Monaghan, then 81, who was sentenced to four years in prison for 14 counts of indecent assault and three counts of sexual assault on young girls.