In June 2015, Fr. Keith Fennessy was placed on a leave of absence by the Archdiocese of New York after child pornography was discovered on his computer. The Archdiocese of New York review board investigated and recommended Fr. Fennessy's removal from ministry. Law enforcement also conducted an investigation and the case was handed over to the District Attorney's office.
According to the Archdiocese, Fr. Fennessy was living in a supervised setting as of April 2016. At that time, the Archdiocese of New York had not petitioned the Vatican for Fr. Fennessy's laicization.
Fr. Fennessy was ordained in 1984. He worked at parishes in the Bronx, Peekskill/Cortlandt Manor, Manhattan, and Staten Island, New York. He also worked as a chaplain for Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center.
Fr. Keith Fennessy worked at the following locations:
1984-1987: St. Gabriel’s, New York (Bronx), NY
1988-1992: St. Columbanus, Peekskill/Cortlandt Manor, NY
1992-1993: Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York (Manhattan), NY
1993-1997: Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, New York, NY
1998-2002: St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, New York, NY
2001-2002: Most Holy Crucifix, New York, NY
2002-2004: Absent on sick leave
2004-2005: St. Peter’s, New York (Staten Island), NY
2005-2006: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta, New York (Staten Island), NY
2006-2010: St. Margaret Mary’s, New York (Staten Island), NY
2011-2015: St. Columba, New York (Manhattan), NY
2015-2016: Leave of absence