Rev. William Patrick Caster

Summary of Case: A woman filed suit in 2003 alleging Caster molested her in 1955 or 1956 at Holy Family Church when she was about 10. Caster retired for health reasons in 1988 and died in 1989.

: 1954


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Louisville archbishop was John Alexander Floersh (1924-1967)

1969 Holy Family


• Accused in 2003 of having sexually abused a girl who attended Holy Family Church and School in 1955 or 1956. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
April 21, 2003)


3/3, 2/3


Parish had a school with 1,114-498 students.


McDonough was succeeded by Thomas Cajetan Kelly, O.P. (1981-2007)

1983 Diocesan Consultor        
1969 1981 Ascension of Our Lord Louisville KY 1/3, 1/2 Parish had a school with 204-380 students.
1969 1981 Christopher East Louisville KY   This was a station of Ascension of Our Lord in Louisville.
1981 1988 St. Gabriel the Archangel Fern Creek KY

1/2, 1/3


Parish had a school with 578-685 students.
1988 1989 Trinity High School Louisville KY In residence.

Parish had a school with 1,061 students.

Caster died Dec. 22, 1989.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-1990)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 15, 2009