Patrick Joseph Slaney
priest, Archdiocese of St. John’s Newfoundland. Ordained 1982. Originally studied to be a priest with the Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers – spent time at the order’s St. Mary’s Seminary/”Fernwood” in Norwalk, Connecticut. Was in seminary in Fernwood with now ex-priest and sexual predator Patrick Callaghan. It is unknown at this time if in fact Father Slaney was ordained for the Spiritans or if, for whatever reason, he had decided to become a diocesan priest and left the Spiritans prior to ordination.
1993 CONVICTED for sex abuse while serving at St. Bernard’s in Fortune Bay, Newfoundland. No longer listed in Church directories after 1997. It seems however that Slaney is still incardinated in the Archdiocese of St. John’s and may have had no faculties since his conviction. Despite this Slaney has been saying Mass, hearing confessions, conducting retreats and soliciting for Mass intentions. As you will see below, there are warnings out about him in the States.
A young Patrick Slaney:
24 February 2012: BLOG Quite a saga
February 2012: Archdiocese of Cincinnati website:
“Fr. Patrick Slaney
“The Diocese of Manchester has advised the USCCB that Fr. Patrick Slaney, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland, has made solicitations for Mass intentions and stipends to Catholic faithful. Fr. Slaney has had no canonical faculties for many years following a criminal conviction for sex abuse. If further information is needed, please contact the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Fr. Francis Puddister, at 709.726.3660.”
May 2008: Father Slaney is now said to be from Toronto, and was preaching a retreat at St. Mary’s Abbey, Colwich Stafford, England in May 2008, and was then heading off to serve as chaplain on a cruise ship:
(1) From the Colwich Chronicle, Advent 2008:
“This year we had our Annual Retreat in May, in preparation for Pentecost. It was given by a Canadian priest, Father Patrick Slaney from Toronto.” ()
(2) From the Colwich Novitiate, 25 March 2008:
Posted on 25 May, 2008
Our retreat finished a couple of weeks ago so i thought i would share a bit about it with you all.
It was led by Fr Patrick Slaney who came here from Toronto in Canada for his private retreat and stayed to lead ours for us. As it was held in the week leading to Pentecost the theme was the Holy Spirit; each address began with a prayer – Epesians [sic] 3:14–19 – followed by a short story with a big impact and a reflection. I don’t have the stories but i have found another site that has some great ones in a similar vein – http://www.tommylane.com .
“Over the week we were challenged to look at what was keeping the Holy Spirit from entering us and preventing us from receiving the Gifts God wants to give us – such as the seven deadly sins. Wow! It was powerful, cleansing and refreshing; most sisters enjoyed the retreat, some did not but it did make an impact in some way. Personally i found it very cathartic though not a rest and i was exhausted at times. We were able to talk personally to Fr Patrick and make confession if we chose to – i was invited to look at an empty chair, imagine Jesus was sitting in it and talk to Him… this was amaging [sic] for me and a new and richer way…Fr Patrick was very good to be with, he seems to have something special. Now he is off on a cruise ship as Chaplain for a few weeks, please keep him in your prayers, it was a gift for us to have him here.”
05 September 2007: Pastoral Bulletin Archdiocese of Miami
02 May 2008: from the Colwich Novitiate 02 May 2008
“This has to be a quick update – none of my verbal diarrohea [sic] as an old nursing tutor used to put it – as we go into retreat tomorrow for about 8 days. Our retreat conductor is Fr Patrick Slaney, a Canadian priest who came last year for a visit ( he found us online) then asked to come here for his own retreat with ours to follow. We are looking forward to it. Please pray for us over the next week or so, thank you.”
2007: making solicitations for Mass intentions and stipends from Catholics in the Diocese of Marquette, MI (The Diocesan Communicator, Diocese of Marquette, 9/12/2007)
“Fr. Patrick Slaney: The Diocese of Manchester has raised concerns regarding
Fr. Patrick Slaney, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Fr.
Slaney has allegedly made solicitations for Mass intentions and stipends to
Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Manchester. Fr. Slaney has no canonical
faculties in the Archdiocese following a criminal conviction for sexual abuse.
After serving his criminal sentence, it had been reported that Fr. Slaney had been
uncooperative and absent from his Archdiocese without permission.”
13 October 2006: in Cape Town, S. Africa from 5 am to 5pm as chaplain on a cruise ship. From the Archdiocese of Cape Town bulletin:
“Fr Patrick Slaney and Fr Frank Keane from Toronto will be in Cape Town on October 13th from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. as chaplains on a cruise ship. Should you know of someone who would be able to share part of the day with them and give them a brief tour of Cape Town, especially some of the Catholic highlights, please call Stephen at 021 462 2417.”
(Who is Father Frank Keane? I can find a Father Edward Keane a few years back from the Diocese of London, Ontario, but no Father Frank Keane. Does anyone know who he is, or where he might be now?)
1998 to present: not listed in directory (CCCD)
1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993: address for diocesan centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland (CCCD)
October 1993: sentenced to 7 months in jail
1992, 1991: address for diocesan centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland (CCCD)
November 1989: preliminary hearing
working at Southdown in Aurora, Ontario when he was arrested (M)
1985-86: Pastor, St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, Fortune Bay, Newfoundland
1982: St. Lawrence, Newfoundland (online) (“Dec 24 1982 – Father Patrick Slaney of St. Lawrence remembers past Christmases”)
Originally studied to be a priest with the Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers – spent time at the order’s St. Mary’s Seminary/”Fernwood” in Norwalk, Connecticut.
October 29, 1993 15.32 EDT
ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. (CP) ‑‑ A Roman Catholic priest in Newfoundland was sentenced Friday to seven months in jail for sex offences involving two boys.
Rev. Patrick Joseph Slaney, 46, was convicted of gross indecency.
The charges relate to incidents when Slaney was a parish priest in St. Bernard’s on Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula.
04 July 1989 20.29 EDT
GRAND BANK, Nfld. (CP)
A 42-year-old Roman Catholic priest facing three charges of gross indecency against teenage boys will appear in provincial court for preliminary hearing Nov. 28.
Rev. Patrick Slaney, of St. Lawrence, Nfld., elected trial by judge alone when he appeared in court Tuesday in Grand Bank.
Slaney was arrested last week in Toronto and had been working at a rehabilitation home for Roman Catholic clergy in Aurora, Ont.
He’s free on his own recognizance pending his trial.
The charges came from an investigation into incidents that allegedly occurred while Slaney was a Newfoundland parish priest on the Burin Peninsula and Bell Island.
Slaney is the latest of 17 priests, former priests and other members of Newfoundland’s Roman Catholic community to be charged or convicted of sex-related offences against boys.
Both the provincial government and the church are holding inquiries into the scandal.