Assignment Record– Rev. Michael Brennan, T.O.R.

Summary of Case: Michael Brennan was a Third Order of Regular Franciscan priest, ordained in 1951. He was assigned to parishes in the Baker OR diocese, the T.O.R.'s monastery in the Altoona PA diocese, and at a parish as well as a boarding school for elementary school children in the St. Cloud MN diocese. Brennan's name was included on the St. Cloud diocese's list released January 3, 2014 of 33 clergy members “who were likely involved in the sexual abuse of minors.” His whereabouts after 1968 are unknown.

Ordained: 1951



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Baker bishop was Francis Peter Leipzig (1950-1971).

1952 Our Lady of the Valley

La Grande

OR 2/2


1951 1952 Sacred Heart Union OR   This was a mission of Our Lady of the Valley in La Grande.


1952   Pamela, Perry, Cove Elgin OR   These were stations of Our Lady of the Valley in La Grande.
1952 1953 St. Alphonsus Dufur OR 2/2  
1952 1953 Sacred Heart Maupin OR   This was a mission of St. Alphonsus in Dufur.
1952 1953 St. Mary's Grass Valley OR   This was a mission of St. Alphonsus in Dufur.
1952 1953 St. Michael's Wasco OR   This was a mission of St. Alphonsus in Dufur.
1952 1953   Antelope OR   This was a station of St. Alphonsus in Dufur.


Altoona bishop was Richard Thomas Guilfoyle (1936-1957), followed by Howard Joseph Carroll (1957-1960).

1958 St. Bernardine Monastery Hollidaysburg PA   This was the Novitiate of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis.


St. Cloud bishop was Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968).

1962 Holy Family Belle Prairie MN 1/1, 1/2 Administrator  
1958 1968 Our Lady of the Angels Academy Belle Prairie MN  

This was a private elementary school with 80-49 boys and 85-41 girls.

Brennan is not indexed beyond the 1968 Directory.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1952-1968)

Press Release from Donald J. Kettler Bishop of Saint Cloud, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud via WJON, January 3, 2014
The Diocese of St Cloud Release Their List of 33 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant, Legal Examiner, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Releases List of Clergy Accused of Abuse, By Frank Lee, St. Cloud Times, January 4, 2014



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This assignment record was last updated on June 25, 2015.