Fr. Jerome Kucan

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 12/31/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Croatian Franciscan. Also called John Kucon.  Died 12/31/10. Name included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Included on Harrisburg diocese’s 8/1/18 list. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report to diocese from a 39-year-old man in 3/05 that Kucan sexually abused him from the age of 8 at St. Anthony’s Croatian Church in Sharon. Allegedly Kucan performed oral sex on the boy, and another religious brother was sometimes present and would do the same thing. Diocese informed Order. Removed from ministry. Another report to diocese from a woman in 2007 of abuse of her husband when he was an altar boy in the mid-1950s at St. Anthony’s. The woman said Kucan also abused her husband’s cousins, who died by suicide in 1993. She said she heard other men abused by Kucan also died by suicide.


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