Researchers at Creighton University have reached out to Into Account about numerous reports from men who describe grooming, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse perpetrated by Rev Daniel Kenney, known as “The Monkey Priest,” formerly active at Creighton Preparatory School and Camp Buford, a children’s wilderness camp in Wyoming. For more information about Kenney’s assignments, see the timeline at the bottom of this post.
Some of Kenney’s behaviors include memorizing student schedules, appearing wherever they were throughout the day, pulling students out of class, asking invasive questions about their private lives including about masturbation, providing “counseling” in which he asked about masturbation and sexual thoughts, bringing boys to confession, and asking boys to undress.
If you experienced any of these behaviors, or others, including behaviors that simply felt strange or off, we invite you to contact us. If you’d like to report directly to the researchers, they invite you to email them at takingresponsibility@
We want you to know that you have options for reporting.
For those who have experienced strange behaviors, grooming and sexual abuse, it can be difficult to navigate options while also dealing with memories of traumatic, demeaning, or confusing experiences.
If you are considering making a report to one or more of the organizations above, and aren’t sure where to start, Into Account is here to provide confidential, free support for you. We’ll give you the best information we have and accompany you through any reports you decide to make. We can help protect your autonomy and your privacy so that you have the space and time to make the best decision for you.
Please share this among Catholic, Jesuit, Creighton Preparatory School, and Camp Buford communities so that people who have been targeted by Daniel Kenney can be informed of these developments, and can share data, report, and seek support or accountability if they choose to do so.
Birth Year: 1932
Ordination year: 1950
Reported assignment history:
1957 – 1960, Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1960 – 1965, Theology Studies
1965 – 1989, Creighton Preparatory School, Omaha, Nebraska
1990 – 1991, Church of the Gesu, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1991 – 1992, Weston Jesuit Community, Weston, Massachusetts
1992 – 1993 Approx. 5 months, Holy Rosary Mission/ Red Cloud School, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota
1993 – 2003, Holy Family Basilica, Nairobi, Kenya
2003 – present Jesuit Community near Milwaukee, Wisconsin
*information from ProPublica’s database of credibly accused U.S. Catholic clergy and Creighton University’s research team