Allegation of sexual abuse is made against Father John J. Ghio

Father John J. Ghio has been suspended from his priestly faculties, following an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980s, the archdiocese announced Tuesday.

Father Ghio retired in 2011. During his priesthood, he was named as associate pastor of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Riverview Gardens (1980); associate pastor, St. John the Baptist in St. Louis (1982); associate pastor, St. Joseph in Manchester (1983); associate pastor, St. Angela Merici in Florissant (1986); associate pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes in University City (1989); pastor, St. Joseph in Farmington (1991); pastor, St. John the Baptist in St. Louis (1995); pastor, St. Peter in St. Charles (2000); senior associate pastor, Assumption in Mattese (2008); and retired priest in residence, Annunciation in Webster Groves (2011). He currently resides in a monitored environment, according to a statement by the archdiocese.

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 with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, at (314) 792-7704 or

Reports may also be made to civil authorities or to the Missouri Division of Social Services Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 392-3738 for allegations involving a person who is currently under the age of 18. Allegations involving a person who is now an adult, but was abused as a minor, may be made to Deacon Hengen or to the civil authorities. 

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