Deacon Kenneth Ghastin

Biographies for Religious Jubilarians 2009

Deacon Kenneth Ghastin

Entered the Franciscan Order on March 10, 1955 and took Simple Vows on August 16, 1959. He was sent to the Holy Land Monastery to study how to make habits. After Solemn Vows he studied art with Franz Varga in Detroit, MI. and had two showings in New York for young artist. He became involved in the C.C.D. programs of the parishes and it was felt that he should have more formal education in the field as Bishop George W. Ahr, then Bishop of Trenton, replaced the C.C.D. with the High School of Religion at which he was Principal for Holy Assumption in Roebling for four years. He graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, and taught in three High Schools -- a total of 25 years.

He was ordained a Permanent Deacon by Bishop James Sullivan, Aux. Bishop of Lansing, MI, on June 4, 1977. Bishop Sullivan also celebrated Deacon Kenneth's Silver Jubilee Mass in 1984.

Deacon Brother Ghastin has been honored by the Cambridge "Who's Who 1992" for his work in Religious Education that upheld the values and traditions of the College and in being a Student advisor.

He has written the books on Spiritual Life and has retired to his Friary in Florida because of poor health. His date of birth is August 8, 1929

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