Assignment History– Rev. Joseph Vincent Agostino, C.M.
Summary of Case: Joseph V. Agostino was ordained for the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in 1983. With the exception of a year in the late 1980s at Immaculate Conception parish in Baltimore, Agostino spent two and a half decades at St. John the Baptist in Brooklyn. He was named pastor in 2000, a role he held until 2009.
In 2003 a man came forward to allege that he had been sexually abused by Agostino. The Vincentians and the diocese investigated, both determining that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate the man's claims. Agostino remained in ministry. In April 2009 the same man contacted the diocese, this time providing more detailed information about the alleged abuse, including that it occurred when he was a minor. Agostino was suspended pending the outcome of a new investigation. In September 2009 he was transferred to the Vincentians' Eastern Province headquarters where, according to a bio on his order's website in December 2017, "Fr. Joe has been assigned to various projects by the Superior General of the Congregation."
Diocese of Brooklyn
Bishop was Francis John Mugavero (1968-1990).
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The Directories show two school affiliated with the parish 1983-1986: Our Lady of Bedford Stuyvesant and the New Bedford Stuyvesant J.H.S. For 1986-1988 the Directories show only that there was a school at 82 Lewis Ave.
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Archbishop was William Donald Borders (1974-1989).
Diocese of Brooklyn
Thomas Vose Daily replaced Mugavero as bishop (1990-2003), followed by Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio (2003-).
||St. John the Baptist
• In 2003 a man came forward with allegations that Agostino had sexually abused him. The Vincentians investigated and determined that there was not sufficient evidence to support the man's claims. Bishop Daily met with the man and came to the same conclusion as the order. In April 2009, the same man presented new details and clarified that he was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse. There was a new investigation and Agostino was placed on leave. He denied the allegations.
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||St. John the Baptist parish had a school with 463-669 students, and a CCD program with 350-114 students.
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Archbishop was Justin Francis Rigali (2003-2011), who was succeeded by Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. (2011-).
||According to a biography of Agostino on his order's website, "In September 2009 he was brought to Philadelphia to begin a planning process for the Eastern Province" and "Fr. Joe has been assigned to various projects by the Superior General of the Congregation."
||Congregation of the Mission
||International Coordinator of the Vincentian Family Office; Coordinator of the Vincentian Family Collaboration Commission; Coordinator of the Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative
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Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1984-2016).
• Statement from the Congregation of the Mission and the Diocese of Brooklyn, May 15, 2009
• Bedford-Stuyvesant Pastor Removed Over Allegation of Sexual Abuse, The Table, May 16, 2009
• Agostino bio , Vincent DePaul Center website, accessed December 4, 2017
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This assignment record was last updated on December 4, 2017.