Assignment Record – Rev. Robert J. Kelly
Summary of Case: Robert J. Kelly was ordained for the Altoona-Johnstown PA diocese in 1974. He assisted at parishes in State College, Johnstown, Geistown, Altoona, Bellwood, and Gallitzen, and was pastor in Lockhaven and Philipsburg. He spent several years at the North American College in Rome and, for a short time, was a prison chaplain. In 1993 a man reported to the diocese that Kelly sexually abused him from ages 12 to 14 during 1975-77, when Kelly was assigned to Our Lady of Victory in State College. Kelly's accuser said the priest offered him alcohol, and that the abuse occurred at the parish, on drives to the mountains, and at a movie theater. Kelly was quietly sent by Bishop Adamec to treatment then given another parish assignment. He was also sent to a Charleston SC convent as chaplain in around 1993-94. Per the PA Attorney General's March 2016 Grand Jury Report, Kelly also attempted sexual advances on a 14-year-old boy in 1978. The Grand Jury called "horrifying" the fact that Adamec returned Kelly to parish ministry. By 1994 Kelly was the diocese's Director of the Society for the Propogation of the Faith and Holy Childhood Association and in 1999 he was named pastor of SS Peter and Paul in Philipsburg; he remained in both positions until his removal in February 2015 by Bishop Bartchak during a review of previous allegations.
1974Altoona-Johnstown bishop was James John Hogan (1966-1986).
|1980||Our Lady of Victory||
• In 1993 a man told the diocese Kelly sexually abused him when he was ages 12-14 during 1975-77. He said the abuse occurred at Our Lady of Victory, in a movie theater, and near a fire tower in the mountains.
• In 1978 Kelly reportedly attempted sexual advances on a 14-year-old boy.
In residence 1979-1980
Our Lady of Victory had a school with 274-209 students.
Kelly denied the allegations. The man filed a civil suit in 2003; the diocese said of the 1993 complaint, "several professional evaluations failed to substantiate concern."
|5/78||1/79||Our Mother of Sorrows||Johnstown||PA||This assignment is per the AG's Grand Jury report.|
|1979||1980||Prison Farm, Western State Penitentiary||Rockview||PA||Chaplain|
|1980||1982||St. Benedict's||Geistown||PA||2/3||St. Benedict's had a school with 337-356 students.|
|1982||1983||Sacred Heart||Altoona||PA||2/2||Sacred Heart had a school with 346 students.|
|1982||1984||St. Joseph's||Bellwood||PA||This assignment is per the AG's Grand Jury report.|
|1982||1984||Our Lady of Lourdes||Altoona||PA||2/2||Our Lady of Lourdes had a school with 214 students. The Directories show Kelly to have been at this assignment 1983-84. The AG GJ report shows he was there 1982-84.|
|1984||1985||Our Lady of Victory||State College||PA||2/3||Our Lady of Victory had a school with 250 students.|
|1985||1986||Immaculate Conception||Altoona||PA||3/3||Immaculate Conception had a school with 280 students.|
Hogan was succeeded by Joseph Victor Adamec (1987-2011).
|1987||St. Patrick's||Gallitzin||PA||2/2 In residence||St. Patrick's had a school with 18 students.|
|1987||1989||Immaculate Conception||Lockhaven||PA||1/1||Immaculate Conception had a school with 154-158 students.|
|1989||1990||Kelly is not indexed in the 1990 Directory. The AG GJ report shows him to have been at the North American College in Rome 8/88-8/92.|
|1990||1992||On Duty Outside the Diocese||The AG GJ report shows him to have been at the North American College in Rome 8/88-8/92.|
|8/92||Guest House Treatment Facility||patient|
|1992||1993||Our Lady of Victory||State College||PA||2/3||Our Lady of Victory had a school with 280 students, and a CCD program with 596 students.|
|1993||St. John Vianney Institute||patient|
Charleston bishop was David Bernard Thompson (1990-1999).
|1994||May Forest, Generalate and Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy||Charleston||SC||Chaplain|
|1997||Prince Gallitzin Chapel House||Loretto||PA|
|1994||2014||Society for the Propagation of the Faith & Holy Childhood Association||Hollidaysburg||PA||Director|
|1995||2000||St. Rose of Lima||Altoona||PA||3/3 In residence||St. Rose of Lima had a school with 244-229 students, and a CCD program with 242-185 students.|
Mark Leonard Bartchak replaced Adamec as Altoona-Johnstown bishop (2011-).
|2/15||SS. Peter and Paul||Philipsburg||PA||1/1||SS. Peter and Paul had a CCD program with 201-92 students.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-2014)
• Serbin Letter to D.A., September 25, 2002