Assignment Record– Rev. Paul M. Arbogast

Summary of Case: Arbogast was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused teen boys in the 1970s. He left the priesthood in the late 1980s, married and had children. He was suspended from his position as a teacher at a Catholic high school in 2003, due to the allegations. He died October 16, 2013.

: 1955
Died: October 16, 2013


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1955 1958 Casa Santa Maria dell 'Umilta Via dell' Rome Italy    


Covington bishop was William Theodore Mulloy (1944-1959), followed by Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp (1960-1978)

1968 Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption Covington KY 4/6, 5/7, 3/5, 3/6, 3/7 The Cathedral had a school with 180-111 boys and 157-92 girls, until 1967 when it merged with another school nearby to form Bishop Howard Elementary.
1960 1973 Diocesan Director of Music Covington KY    
1964 1971 Diocesan Liturgical Commission Covington KY    
1968 1975 Covington Latin School


Arbogast was accused in 2003 of having sexually abused teen boys in the 1970s. The diocese stated that in their searching of their files, "nothing turned up" regarding Arbogast in terms the sexual abuse of minors. (The Cincinnati Enquirer [Kentucky]
September 27, 2003)

KY Headmaster 1968-1973 Covington Latin had 187-297, all male. It was an accelerated high school which admitted students as young as eleven or twelve years of age.
1975 1977 Mother of God Covington KY


In residence.



Ackerman was succeeded by William Anthony Hughes (1979-1995)



Madonna Manor Nursing Home Covington KY


In residence.

1981 1986 Lexington Catholic High School Lexington KY Principal

Lexington Catholic had 283-266 boys and 290-272 girls.

Arbogast is not indexed in the Directories after 1986.

Arbogast left the priesthood in the 1980s, married and had children. He returned in 2002 to teach at Covington Latin School. He was suspended in September 2003 due to allegations of child sexual abuse stemming from his time as a priest. (Cincinnati Enquirer
September 21, 2003)

Arbogast died October 16, 2013. (Kentucky Enquirer October 18, 2013)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-1986)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on October 25, 2016.

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