Peter R. O’Hanley (Father Peter O’Hanley)
Priest – Diocese of Saint John, New Brunswick. Ordained 1978. 1988 GUILTY plea. Contributor to 1993 CCCB sex abuse guidelines From Pain to Hope – identified in “Acknowledgements” as a “collaborator” and “priest actively involved in issues relating to sexual abuse and pastoral care (Saint John, N.B.).”
August 2011 NOTE: There is no record of Father Peter O’Hanley in the Canadian Catholic Church Directories from 1998 to the present. Has O’Hanley been laicized? or did he seek incardination out of the country? I contacted Msgr. Henneberry, Vicar General of the Diocese of Saint John, to find out. Msgr. Henneberry thought O’Hanley might be in Toronto but didn’t know for certain, nor could he tell me if O’Hanley has been laicized. He suggested I contact the Bishop. I did so. Twice by email. No answer.
Bishops of St. John, New Brunswick from time of Father Peter O’Hanley’s ordination: Arthur Joseph Gilbert (03 April 1974 – 02 April 1986 ); Joseph Edward Troy (02 April 1986 – 24 September 1997 ); Joseph Faber MacDonald (23 October 1998 – 0 9 September 2006 ); Robert Harris (08 May 2007 – – )
Unless otherwise indicated the following information is taken from the Canadian Catholic Directory (CCCD) of the same date to which I currently have access , media (M) and personal information (P).
1998 to present: not listed in CCCD
1996, 1997: One Bayard Drive, Saint John, New Brunswick (address for Diocesan Centre. Phone number for receptionist for various offices, i.e., Family Life, Adult Religious Education, Pastoral Counselling Ministry to Divorced and Separated Catholic and Youth Ministries Coordinator 506-653-6800
1993, 1994, 1995 : One Bayard Drive, Saint John, New Brunswick 506-632-9220 (address for Diocesan Centre. Phone number for receptionist for various offices, i.e., Family Life, Adult Religious Education, Pastoral Counselling Ministry to Divorced and Separated Catholic and Youth Ministries Coordinator.)
1992: One Bayard Drive, Saint John, New Brunswick
I have been told by a reliable source that O’Hanley returned to university in or around Toronto and attained an MBA. The tab was picked up buy the Diocese of St. John. The word is that the diocese paid the bill in the hope that O’Hanley would become self-sufficient (P)
I have been told but have not yet confirmed that after his conviction he was out somewhere in Alberta for a short spell. Once parishioners heard of his background he was forced to leave. (P) I don’t know when this occurred and don’t know where in Alberta. If anyone can help with this corner of the puzzle please let me know.
June 1992: Assisted in compilation of From Pain to Hope, sex abuse guidelines published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Under “Acknowledgements” O’Hanley is described as “priest actively involved in issues relating to sexual abuse and pastoral care”
1988: GUILTY plea (at age 37). Sentenced to 3 months in jail. I am told that after three weeks Bishop Troy got him out and he was sent off to Southdown (P)
1983-1988: Pastor, St. Theresa’s Church, Fredericton, New Brunswick (P)
chaplain to the Fredericton Police Department and an auxiliary member of the force (M).
1985-1986: Pastor, St. Theresa’s Church, Fredericton, New Brunswick
1980-83: St. Pius Roman Catholic Church, St. John, New Brunswick (P)
chaplain at St. Malachy Boy’s High School, and St. Vincent Girls High School (P)
gave retreats in the diocese (P)
1978-1980: assisting at the Cathedral (P)
1978: assisting at Assumption Roman Catholic Church (P) I have been told that the assignment was supposed to be for two years but after nine months and some sort of big fight with the rector he was re-assigned to the Cathedral.
attended St. Paul University/seminary in Ottawa, Ontario (P)
12 August 2010: I cringe at the thought
July 8, 1988 12.16 EDT
A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced Friday to three months in jail after pleading guilty to three sex-related offences involving three teenage boys.
Rev. Peter O’Hanley was charged with sexual exploitation and sexual interference.
Provincial court Judge Hazen Strange dismissed a defence request for a suspended sentence, saying O’Hanley had abused a position of trust.
O’Hanley was also placed on probation for two years.
June 28, 1988 16.43 EDT
A Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty here Tuesday to two charges of sexual exploitation and one of sexual interference involving young people.
Peter O’Hanley, 37, a native of Saint John, was barely audible as he answered to the charges before Provincial Court Judge Hazen Strange. It was not revealed whether the victims were male or female.
A pre-sentence report was ordered and the Roman Catholic cleric will appear for sentencing July 18.
The offences occurred between January and May of this year.
O’Hanley was released on his own recognizance pending his sentencing.
A church spokesman said O’Hanley is still a priest but has been removedfrom all of his parish responsibilities and from any active ministry.
No further church action will be taken until after he is sentenced.
O’Hanley had been chaplain to the Fredericton Police Department and an auxiliary member of the force.