Rev. Msgr. Gregory D. Vaughan, the pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Holmdel since 2013, has been removed from ministry by Bishop David M. O’Connell, according to a statement by the Diocese of Trenton that was first reported by TapIntoHolmdel&ColtsNeck.
Vaughan, 72, a priest since 1972, was “credibly accused” on March 17, 2019 of sexually abusing a minor while he was an assistant pastor at St Ann Parish in Keansburg in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Vaughan has denied the allegation which has been referred to the Monmouth County Prosecutor. The Prosecutor has not announced any charges against the cleric.
Vaughan has served exclusively in the Diocese of Trenton, with assignments at St. Ann, Keansburg; St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson; St. Mary, Middletown; St. Raphael, Hamilton, and Church of St. Catharine, Holmdel. Additionally, Msgr. Vaughan formerly served the Diocese as vicar for Catholic education; chancellor; vicar general; moderator of the curia, and director of vocations.
The diocese asked the faithful to pray for all impacted by this allegation and all victims of child abuse of any kind.
The Diocese encourages anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor by a representative of the Church to report the abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agency, and to the Diocese through its abuse hotline: 1-888-296-2965 or via email at [email protected].