Statement Regarding Rev. John J. Ghio

October 21, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Revered Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced this week the suspension of retired priest Reverend John J. Ghio due to a recently reported allegation of abuse which was alleged to have occurred in the early 1980’s.

In a letter to parishes of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Carlson said:

“Having consulted with the Promoter of Justice, the Vicar for Priests, and the Review Board of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to ensure the integrity of the process, I have suspended Father Ghio’s priestly faculties until a canonical process is concluded.”

Father Ghio is currently retired from active ministry and resides in a monitored environment. In keeping with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, to ensure transparency in communicating with the public about the sexual abuse of a minor and as an outreach to potential victims, a bulletin announcement will be made available in parishes where Father Ghio served.

Anyone who wishes to make a report of the sexual abuse of a minor by any priest, deacon or employee of the Archdiocese of St. Louis may contact Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of Child and Youth Protection, Archdiocese of St. Louis at 314.792.7704 or Reports may also be made to the Missouri Division of Social Services Child Abuse Hotline for allegations involving a person who is currently under the age of 18, or to civil authorities for allegations involving a person who is now an adult, but was abused as a minor.