Fr Brian Spillane

Fr Brian Spillane, born in around 1943, notoriously known for his string of sexual abuse of victims at St Stanislaus College (Stannies) run by the Order of the Vincentian Fathers, of the Catholic Church. 

Was sentenced to at least nine years’ jail for sexual abuse at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst (Stannies). 

His abuses of students at Stannies span over 3 decades in 1974 to 1980s, and other victims until 1990.  He was one of the few reported perpetrators of sexual abuse at St Stanislaus College. Fr Spillane served at Stannies for a total of 19 years.  From 1968 to 1978, as form master, dormitory master, teacher, dean of discipline, sports coach, and supervisor of the band and sports activities.   Between 1979 and 1983, Fr Spillane served at St Anthony’s parish in Marsfield, Sydney.  Spillane returned to Stannies as school chaplain and Superior of the school from 1984 to 1991.  

He also ministered the Mary Immaculate parish in Southport, Queensland in the early 1990s. 

He has been charged and convicted of offences of child sexual abuse on male students at Stannies and also convicted for nine counts of indecent assault against three girls whom he had sexually abused while he was based in Marsfield, New South Wales in 1979.  

The children at the Marsfield Vincentian parish were told to sit on Spillane’s lap when he was hearing Confession of the children.

Many of the complainants of sexual abuse at St Stanislaus college were boarders. 

His earliest reported abuse allegedly occurred in 1964 in Sydney while he was a trainee with the Vincentian Order. 

We have acted for a number of victims of abuse by Fr Spillane in their claims for compensation against the Trustees of the Vincentian Fathers Order.