Assignment Record – Rev. H. Cornell Bradley, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Maryland Province Jesuit ordained in 1969, Bradley was first removed from ministry in 1993 after accusations surfaced that he had engaged in "sexual misconduct" with three people, including two 15 year-old boys and a woman. He was sent to treatment and returned to ministry in 1995. In 2006 Bradley was again accused, this time of sexual misconduct with an adult male during the early 1980s. As a result of this and four other credible allegations involving minors and adults over the course of three decades, he was again removed from ministry. Subsequently five more people came forward, several with reports that Bradley had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in the 1960s and '70s at Gonzaga College High School, where he spent much of his career pre and post-ordination. Others complained that he had made inappropriate sexual comments involving a student and staff member at St. Joseph's University, where he worked in the late 1990s and until his removal in 2006. In addition to his time in Washington DC, Bradley's career took him to India, Chile, Baltimore MD, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 2007 Bradley was said to be living under supervision in a Jesuit community on the East Coast.

Ordained: 1969


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Washington D.C. archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973).

1965 Gonzaga College High School


Bradley was accused in 2007 of sexual misconduct with minors during this time at Gonzaga.

DC teacher; seminarian  
    DeNobili School Dhanbad India math and physics teacher  
1969 1970 Georgetown University Washington DC campus ministry  


O'Boyle was succeeded by William Wakefield Baum (1973-1980).

1976 Holy Trinity Washington DC

6/6, 7/7, 8/8

In residence.

Holy Trinity had a grade school with 241-256 students, and a high school until 1975 with 226-131 girls.
1971 1976 Gonzaga College High School


Bradley was accused in 2006 of sexual misconduct involving a minor at Gonzaga High in 1973. Bradlety's superiors said he was "unable to deny it".

DC dean of students; religion teacher; vice- principal Gonzaga HS had 450-495 boys.
1976 1977         Bradley is not listed in the 1977 Directory at Holy Trinity or Gonzaga High School.
1977 1979 Gonzaga College High School


Bradley was was accused in 1993 of the improper sexual contact of two 15 year-old boys at Gonzaga during this time period.

DC   Gonzaga HS had 560-598 boys.


Baltimore archbishop was William Donald Borders (1974-1989).

1981 Loyola College


Bradley was removed from ministry in January 2006 after being credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a man in Baltimore in the early 1980s.

1981 1983 Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Maryland Provincial Curia Baltimore MD Director of Jesuit Seminary Guild and Jesuit Mission Bureau. Bradley visited Jesuit missionaries in Chile during this time.
1983 1989 Jesuit Ferdinand Wheeler House Church Baltimore MD    


Charlotte bishop was John Francis Donoghue (1984-1993).

1993 St. Elizabeth's Boone NC 1/1, 1/2 St. Elizabeth's had a C.C.D. program with 180 students.
1989 1990 St. Helen's Spencer Mountain NC   This was a mission of St. Elizabeth's in Boone.
1990 1993 Epiphany Blowing Rock NC   This was a mission of St. Elizabeth's in Boone.


Donogue was replaced by William George Curlin (1994-2002).

1995 Jesuit Community


Bradley was the subject of an accusation in 1993 which was deemed "credible" and "substantiated", of a long term, abusive sexual relationship with an adult woman.

NC   Bradley underwent psychiatric treatment in 1993 after he was accused of
"sexual misconduct" with three people, two of whom were minors.


Philadelphia archbishop was Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1987-2003).

2006 St. Joseph's University


Bradley was accused in 2007 of having made inappropriate sexual comments involving a student and a staff member at St. Joseph's.

PA campus minister; basketball team chaplain  


Altoona-Johnstown bishop was Joseph Victor Adamec (1987-2011).

2007 Jesuit Center-Jesuit Community

Wernersville PA  

Bradley is not indexed beyond the 2007 Directory.

Bradley was removed from active ministry by the Jesuits in January 2006, after an investigation confimed that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a man in Baltimore in th early 1980s.

He was said in 2007 to be living under supervision in a Jesuit Community on the Eastern Seaboard.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-2007)

H. Cornell Bradley. S.J., via
Former St. Joe's Priest Is Focus of Sex Allegations, The Rev. H. Cornell Bradley, Who Quit Last Year, Is Accused of Misconduct, By Michael Matza, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 31, 2007
Ex-St. Joe's Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct, KYW, January 31, 2007
Former Gonzaga Teacher Accused of Misconduct, WJLA [Washington], February 5, 2007
Gonzaga Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Minors, Church Searches for Potential Victims, NBC 4 [Washington DC], February 5, 2007
Jesuits Seek to Contact Those Priest Might Have Abused, By Liz Kay, Baltimore Sun, February 7, 2007
Jesuits Seek Sex Abuse Victims of Former Priest, By Ron Cassie, Baltimore Sun, February 8, 2007
Update: Ex-Gonzaga Priest Removed from Ministry Faces 5 More Sexual Misconduct Complaints, By Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post [Maryland], March 18, 2007
Jesuit Ousted 13 Years after Sex Allegations, By Ron Cassie, The Examiner, April 13, 2007

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