Br. James Avant

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Order: OFM Cap
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

In 1993 a woman alleged that Avant abused her son and other boys in the early 1970s at St. Martin’s rectory. Her son was an 8th-grader at the time in question. Allegations reported to the Capuchins. Avant had left the order in 1990. He was assigned to Morgan State University starting in 1972, St. Martin (Baltimore) 1972-1978 and Charles Lwanga Center 1979-1984. Requested dispensation from religious life in 1995. Included on the Baltimore archdiocese’s 2002 list of accused religious priests and brothers. Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report.

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