Assignment Record– Bro. Kenneth Ghastin, o.f.m.

Summary of Case: Ghastin was accused in 1993 of having sexually abused two Massachusetts boys in the 1970s. The boys were brothers whose father had recently died. Ghastin was removed from public ministry and lived at his order's friary in Wappinger Falls, NY. In 2005 he moved to his friary in FL. Ghastin died in October 2013.

: Ghastin took Simple Vows in 1959. He was ordained a permanent deacon in 1977.
Died: October 2, 2013


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1955 1959 Hungarian Franciscans       Joined the Hungarian Franciscans in 1955, and took Simple Vows Aug. 16, 1959 .
    Holy Land Monastery Washington DC   Ghastin was sent to this monastery to learn to make habits.
      Detroit MI art student  
    Holy Assumption Roebling NJ principal for four years  
    Holy Cross High School Trenton NJ teacher  
1970           Transferred to the Immaculate Conception Province in 1970.


Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).


  Christopher Columbus High School

Boston (North End)

Ghastin was accused in 1993 of having sexually abused two brothers while they were students at Christopher Columbus. Their father had died and Ghastin formed a "paternal-like bond" with the family. He is said to have told the boys their mother wanted him to teach them about sex. Per the younger of the two brothers, Ghastin would give wine to the older brother who became drug addicted.The older brother died at age 35 in 1994 of an overdose.

MA teacher  


Lansing bishop was Kenneth Joseph Povish (1975-1995).

    Lansing MI   Ordained a permanent deacon by auxilliary Bishop James Sullivan in 1977.


Pittsburgh bishop was Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1983-1987), followed by Donald William Wuerl (1988-2006).

1991 Serra Catholic High School McKeesport PA teacher
1992   Dusquesne University Pittsburgh PA student advisor  


Boston archbishop was Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002) .

Dec. 1993 St. Ann's Marlborough MA deacon Ghastin was removed from St. Ann's in Dec. 1993 when the archdiocese was informed of the allegations against him from 1974.
1993 2005 Mount Alvernia Friary Wappinger Falls NY   In 2002 Ghastin's provincial superior stated that Ghastin had been at this monastery for 10 years, "where he has no contact with the public".


Diocese of St. Petersburg was Robert Nugent Lynch
(1995- ).

2013   Clearwater FL  

Ghastin is said to have retired to his Florida friary due to poor health. Ghastin was honored in October 2009 in the St. Petersburg diocese for celebrating 50 years as a Franciscan brother.

Ghastin died October 2, 2013.

Boston Man: Abuse Part of Brother's Broken Life, By Peter Gelzinis, Boston Herald, April 28, 2002
Attorneys Release Records on 10 More Priests, Brothers, By Michael Rezendes and Matt Carroll, Boston Globe, December 17, 2002
Newly Released Files Identify More Alleged Abusive Priests, By Robin Washington and Marie Szaniszlo, Boston Herald, December 17, 2002
Records Show Abuse Claim against Three Hull Priests, By Patriot Ledger, Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA), December 17, 2002
Accused Friar Worked in Marlborough, Framingham Metro West Daily News, December 18, 2002
Marlborough Not Spared Priest Abuse Scandal, Milford Daily News, December 22, 2002
Deacon Kenneth Ghastin, Biographies for Religious Jubilarians 2009
Deacon Kenneth R Ghastin, member biography/profile, Cambridge Who's Who 2009
The Missing Names from Cardinal O’Malley’s List of Accused Clerics, The Boston Globe, November 20, 2011
Catholics View Child Sex Abuse Scandal As Top Issue, By Bill Zlatos, Tribune-Review, March 9, 2013
Pittsburgh Diocese Sends out Another Warning on Cleric, By Bill Zlatos, Tribune-Review, April 8, 2013
Secular Franciscan Order Newsletter, Dunedin, FL, November 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on April 9, 2014.