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Fr. Patrick Gavigan – Diocese of Charlotte

Father P. Patrick Gavigan

Diocese of Charlotte 

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Ordained: 1953

Incardinated: 1972

Retired (in good standing): 1992

Died: 2007 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (High Point, NC)
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (Greensboro, NC)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Brevard, NC)
  • St. Benedict Catholic Church (Greensboro, NC)
  • St. Dorothy Catholic Church (Lincolnton, NC)
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Tryon, NC)
  • St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church (Shelby, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father P. Patrick Gavigan:

In April of 2002, the Diocese of Charlotte received an allegation from a woman alleging abuse by Father P. Patrick Gavigan in 1973, at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro. The victim was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse. Originally ordained for the Trappist Fathers religious order in Conyers, Georgia, Gavigan had been incardinated into the Charlotte diocese in 1972 and retired in 1992.

After the allegation was received in 2002, the diocese alerted its Lay Review Board and Guilford County police department. Father Gavigan denied the allegation. In its investigation, the Lay Review Board recommended that Gavigan, living in a North Carolina nursing home by that time, be restricted from ministry to minors.

Gavigan’s name appears on the Diocese of Charlotte’s list of credibly accused priests, which means that the Diocese’s internal review board ultimately determined that the allegation was more likely true than not.

He later died in 2007. 

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