Father Richard Ahern (Stigmatine)
Diocese of Richmond
Assigned as follows:
- 1955 Sacred Heart Retreat House (Waltham, MA)
- 1956-1957 Mission St. Ann’s (West Springfield, MA)
- 1958 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (White Plains, NY)
- 1959 Sacred Heart Retreat House (Waltham, MA)
- 1960-1962 Our Lady of the Angels (Woodbridge, VA)
- 1963-1965 Sacred Heart Retreat House (Waltham, MA)
- 1966-1967 Holy Family Mission St. Francis of Assisi (Lynn, MA)
- 1968-1969 St. Anthony’s (North Agawam, MA)
- 1970-1975 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mission of All Souls (Pittsfield, MA)
- 1976 St. Anthony (Springfield, MA)
- 1977-1979 Holy Family (Lynn, MA)
- 1980 Unknown
- 1981-1984 Sacred Heart (Feeding Hills, MA)
- 1985 Unknown
- 1986 St. Charles Church (Woburn, MA)
- 1987-2001 Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers, St. Joseph’s Hall (Waltham, MA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Ahern:
Father Richard Ahern was ordained a Stigmatine priest. He was the director of a summer camp for boys, Camp Elm Bank, in the 1960s in Wellesley, Massachusetts. According to media reports, he was accused of sexually abusing at least four minor boys, both from the camp and from 1959 to 1961, while he was working at Our Lady of the Angels in Woodbridge, Virginia. The Stigmatines were reportedly aware of child sexual abuse allegations against Father Ahern as early as 1979. In 1988, his faculties were restricted. Whether he had access to children from 1987 until his death in 2001 is unknown.
Though he worked in the Diocese of Richmond for part of his career, his name does not appear on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of credibly accused religious order priests who are accused of abuse in another diocese.
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