Catholic Priest

Vincent A. O'Connell


In 2013, a woman filed a lawsuit accusing Father Vincent A. O’Connell of raping her in 1970 when she was 16 years old. O’Connell is an Irish national who was serving as a visiting priest at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno, California at the time. Per the allegations, the rape occurred shortly after the young woman’s father died while O’Connell was spending a lot of time around the family under the auspices of providing spiritual support. O’Connell subsequently returned to Ireland where he lives in a home for retired priests of the Holy Ghost Fathers in Dublin.