Rev. Ross S. Frey, b.s.

Summary of Case: Frey was a Melkite-Greek Catholic priest, accused in the 1990s of having sexually abused at least eleven teen boys during weekend retreats. He targeted boys who were going through crises, such as the death of a close family member. He was placed on leave in 1996. Ross died in June 2014.

: 1974
Died: June 20, 2014


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Eparchy of Newton bishop was Joseph Elias Tawil (1969-1989), followed by Ignatius Ghattas, B.S. (1989-1992)

1990 Basilian Salvatorian Fathers


Accused in the 1990s of sexually abusing at least 11 adolescent boys in the 1970s and 1980s during weekend retreats at the Salvatorian Center. (Boston (MA) Herald
December 12, 2002)

MA Assistant to the Rector and Director of Encounters and Retreats 1975-1982; Director of Youth Activities 1982-1983; Supr. 1983-1986; Vocations Director 1985-1986  


John Adel Elya, B.S. replaced Ghattas (1993-2004)

1995 St. Joseph Plains Community Center Lawrence MA  
1990 1995 St. Joseph's Lawrence MA 1/1  
1995 1996 Basilian Salvatorian Order Methuen MA Local Supr.  
    On Duty Outside the Eparchy       Not indexed beyond the 1997 Directory. Per news reports, Frey was transferred to Lebanon in January 1996 after a police officer warned church officials that there was going to be some "bad publicity". Frey was later placed on leave. (Union Leader [Manchester NH]
December 12, 2002)
1997 2014         Frey died June 20, 2014. (

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-1997)

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This assignment record was last updated on Aug. 28, 2014.