John James Kenneth O’Keefe (Father Kenneth O’Keefe csb)
(also referenced as Father J.J.K. O’Keefe)
Basilian priest. Ordained 1958. August 2010 charged – allegations said to relate to 1972 when he was at St. Pius X High School in Ottawa. 06 September 2012: GUILTY plea – nine-month conditional sentence. There are also two charges against Father O’Keefe in Hull, Quebec. 22 January 2013: GUILTY plea in Hull, Quebec – sentenced to nine months house arrest.
Died 20 March 2018
19 September 2013: Pedophile priest has teaching licence revoked
30 July 2013: Sex assault victim sues teacher, board for $3M
07 September 2012: Another ‘Tut Tut Bad Boy’
Next court-date (Quebec): (GUILTY plea)
22 January 2013: 09:00 am, courtroom #4, (“French – “pro forma”), Hull Quebec courthouse (17, rue Laurier); 26 October 2012: 09:00 am, courtroom #4, to set a trial date, Hull Quebec courthouse (17, rue Laurier); 10 September 2012: 08:30 am, Hull Quebec courthouse (17, rue Laurier)/
Court file no.: 550–01-056328-117 for Quebec charges
Next court date (Ontario): 06 September 2012: GUILTY plea.
09:30 am, pre-trial conference (NOT open to public) “to be spoken to,” Ottawa, Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.); 03 May 2012: “for a plea” – Ottawa courthouse; 13 January 2012: pre-trial, 10 am, court room 13, Ottawa courthouse; 16 December 2011: Assignment court, Ottawa, Ontario court house (time and courtroom on assignment court can change, but originally scheduled for 10 am court room #37); (28 October 2011 committed to stand trial in Ontario Superior Court of Justice); 28 October 2011 (Preliminary hearing. 10 am, Courtroom # 10. Ottawa courthouse); 16 March 2011 (08:30 am. Courtroom #5, Ottawa courthouse); 26 January 2011 (08:30 am, Courtroom #5, Ottawa courthouse); 24 November 2010 (08:30 am, Courtroom #5 “to be spoken to.”); 03 November 2010 (08:30 am Courtroom #5); 29 September 2010; 01 September 2010 (adjourned)
Court file #: 10-905095
[Picture credit: Tim Wieclawske/Metro Ottawa]
Recent news (for other news scroll down to MEDIA coverage and BLOGS)
06 September 2012: Elderly priest admits molesting student (VIDEO)
Unless otherwise noted the following dates and information are drawn from the Basilians via the 12 August 2010 Catholic Register (B/CR), available Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD), media (M) and Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
20 March 2018: Died
22 January 2013: GUILTY plea – Nine months house arrest (M)
06 September 2012: GUILTY plea – nine-month conditional sentence (M)
2010: 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto – address for Congregation of St. Basil, Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Center (CCCD)
1994-2006: Brescia College, University of Western Ontario (B/CR)
September 2005: Moved to Henry Carr Farm in Beeton, Ontario (2006 Basilian Annals) It is unknown how long Father O’Keefe was there. There is no indication in the Basilian cv that O’Keefe spent time at the Henry Carr Farm in Beeton, Ontario
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 : 1285 Western Rd., London, Ontario 519-432-8353 – same address and phone number for Brescia University College, an all women’s university affiliated with Western University (CCCD) Chaplain.
around Fall 1995: Southdown
1992-94: Newman Centre, University of Toronto (B/CR)
1993, 1994: 89 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario – same address and phone number as Toronto Newman Centre (CCCD)
1992: 940 Rex Ave., Ottawa, Ontario 613-729-5149 – Address and phone number for St. Basil Church, Ottawa, Ontario. Parish priest listed as Father William Reigel csb (CCCD) There is nothing in the Basilian cv which indicates that O’Keefe spent time back in Ottawa in the early 90s.
1985- 92: Newman Centre, University of Western Ontario (B/CR)
1991: 211 Broughdale Ave., London, Ontario 519-433-6884 This is the address and phone number for Holy Spirit University Parish, as of 2006 known as Christ the King University Parish. The parish serves the University of Western Ontario. (CCCD)
1985: 89 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario – same address and phone number as Newman Centre (CCCD)
1983-85: Newman Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario (B/CR)
1982-83: Chaplain, Basilian Father of London, Ontario (B/CR)
1980-82: Assumption College School, Windsor Ontario (B/CR)
1975-1980: St. Pius X, Ottawa, Ontario (The Basilians indicate 1977-80. That is incorrect. O’Keefe left St. Joe’s when it closed in 1975 and went straight to Pius X)
1980: St. Pius X High School, Ottawa, Ontario (Father Len Lunney Principal. Also listed on on staff Fathers W.J. Allen [recently charged], M. Campbell, P. Baxter, R. Bedard, D.F. Gavan, R.J. Jenkins and P. Garland) (1980 Ontario Catholic Directory)
Taught Latin, English and served as a guidance counsellor at Pius X.
1975: St. Joseph’s HS closed its doors. Father O’Keefe transferred to St. Pius X High School. He began teaching at Pius X in the Fall of 1975.
Guilty plea to sex abuse of boy at St. Pius X. The boy’s parents reported the abuse to the principal the next day. Nothing was done. The Principal was Father Len Lunney.
1959-1975: taught at St. Joseph’s High School, Ottawa, Ontario. (The Basilians indicate 1959-77 at St. Joe’s. That is in error. St. Joe’s closed its doors in 1975)
One of his former students at the school was the present Basilian Archbishop of Vancouver, J. Michael Miller. (The BC Catholic, 03 September 2006 – there is an error in the article – it should read St. Joseph’s High School in Ottawa. There was no St. Michael’s High School in Ottawa.)
(initial media reports re the charges put O’Keefe at Pius X in 1972. That is incorrect. In 1972 O’Keefe was at St. Joseph’s in Ottawa)
1974: B.A, and M.A., University of Toronto, Ontario (OCT)
1973-74: St. Joseph High School, Broadview Ave., Ottawa, Ontario (CCCD) (according to media was at Pius X in Ottawa in 1972)
Amongst his other duties O’Keefe served as Guidance counsellor at St. Joe’s
The Basilians allegedly owned a cottage at Lac McGreggor , Quebec. It has also been referred to as retreat house.
1973: qualified as a Guidance Specialist (OCT)
1971-72: St. Joseph High School, Broadview Ave., Ottawa, Ontario (CCCD)
1967, 1968-69: St. Joseph High School, Broadview Ave., Ottawa, Ontario (CCCD)
1960 – ?: actively involved and assisting at St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church, Ottawa from the date of its opening 24 December 1960
1958: Ordained (CCCD)
1955: completed studies at Ontario, College of Education, Toronto, Ontario (OCT)
1954-55: St. Michael’s College, Toronto (B/CR)
1953-1954: St. Basil’s College (B/CR)
1950-53: University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto (B/CR)
1949-50: Richmond Hill Novitiate (B/CR)
07 October 1930: DOB
Born and raised in St. Andrews West, a small community on the outskirts of Cornwall, Ontario
Media coverage and BLOGS
22 January 2013: BLOG And there you go…
06 September 2012: Elderly priest admits molesting student (VIDEO)
28 October 2011: BLOG On to trial
27 October 2011: BLOG Prelim tomorrow
15 March 2011: BLOG Relief
23 October 2012: BLOG Stereotypical?
01 October 2010: BLOG Is this the best ‘they’ can do?
02 September 2012: BLOG Minutiae of change
01 September 2010: Priest case back in court September 29
19 August 2010: BLOG Enough said
17 August 2010: BLOG Are Quebec police investigating?
16 August 2010: BLOG Part of the riddle solved
14 August 2010: BLOG No response (relevant blogged comments)
13 August 2010: BLOG Too big a mess to leave as is (relevant blogged comments)
12 August 2010: Basilian priest charged with abusing Ottawa student in 1972
11 August 2010: BLOG Another Basilian charged (relevant blogged comments)
11 August 2010: Ex priest facing sex assault charge gets bail
11 August 2010: Priest charged with decades old sex assault
11 August 2010: Former priest faces Ottawa sex charge
11 August 2010: Ex priest charged with sex assault in Ottawa and comments
Ottawa police arrest Catholic priest on abuse charge
Kenneth O’Keefe, 79, of Toronto arrested on alleged assault of teenage boy in 1972
Toronto Globe and Mail
11 August 2010
Ottawa — The Canadian Press
Ottawa police have charged a former priest with indecent assault relating to an alleged incident dating back almost four decades.
Police say they began investigating in July after a complaint of inappropriate contact between a Roman Catholic Priest and a teenage boy that allegedly happened in 1972 in Ottawa.
Kenneth O’Keefe, 79, of Toronto was arrested on Aug. 11 and is being held for a bail hearing today in Ottawa.