Br. Kenneth Ghastin (Franciscan) – Diocese of Trenton

Brother Kenneth Ghastin

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1959

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959                Simple Vows (Hungarian Franciscans); Holy Land Monastery (Washington, DC); (Detroit, MI); Holy Assumption (Roebling, NJ); Holy Cross High School (Trenton, NJ)
  • 1977-1978      (Lansing, MI) 
  • 1979-1983      Christopher Columbus Catholic High School (Boston, MA) 
  • 1983-1991      Serra Catholic High School (McKeesport, PA)
  • 1992                Dusquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1992-1993      St. Ann (Marlborough, MA) 
  • 1993-2005      Mount Alvernia Friary (Wappinger Falls, NY)
  • 2005-2012      (Clearwater, FL) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Kenneth Ghastin:

Brother Kenneth Ghastin was a brother of the Franciscan Order. According to media reports, his personnel file released in December 2002, revealed allegations that Brother Ghastin molested two brothers at Christopher Columbus High in the early 1970s. According to the files, Brother Ghastin allegedly used the death of the boys’ father as an excuse to get close to them. The boys were in their early to mid-teens, but neither brother told the other what had happened for years. 

Brother Ghastin was removed from St. Ann’s and removed from contact with children in December 1993, when the archdiocese was informed of the allegations against him from 1974. The Archdiocese of Boston settled the case for $30,000 in 1994. The oldest brother later committed suicide. 

In 2005, he is said to have retired to his Florida friary due to poor health. In October 2009, he was honored in the Diocese of St. Petersburg for celebrating 50 years as a Franciscan brother. 

Brother Ghastin’s name was not included in the Archdiocese of Boston’s database from 2011. He died in October 2013.

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