Spotlight on abuse: Episcopal priest Andrew Barasda

By | March 28, 2022
Episcopal Priest Andrew Barasda

the Rev. Andrew Barasda, Jr., 1966 graduate of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, resigned from the priesthood in December 2002 after admitting underage sexual assault while serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland between 1966 and 1978. He was Episcopal chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania and rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton Village from 1994 to 1997. Barasda was rector of St. Mary of the Harbor Episcopal Church, Provincetown, Massachusetts from 1998 to 2002. He was a companion of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, an international association of celibate Anglo-Catholic priests. Barasda also served as a probation officer in Washington, DC from 1971 to 1976; he resigned from his parish position at St. Stephen and the Incarnation in Washington over the ordination of Alison Cheek to the priesthood on account of her gender. He continued to be listed in the online Episcopal Clerical Directory until 2005.

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Diocesan spokesman in 2002: “There have been just two similar abuse allegations in the past two decades.” How can taht be true? There was the Paul Lacharite case in Boston, the bishop’s suicide in 1995, the stuff with Frank Huntress from the Advent, boarding school staff in Massachusetts being sued up and down for stuff like this, the issues at Groton in the nineties.