Rev. Stephen J. Muth

Summary of Case: A Byzantine Catholic priest, Muth was ordained in Toronto, Ontario in 1982. He later served in several U.S. Roman Catholic dioceses as well as U.S. Byzantine Rite Eparchies. He was accused in 2006 of having sexually abused a 12 year-old boy in Wichita, KS in 1992. The samed accuser said Muth abused him again as an adult in 2004, and that he decided to come forward when he found Muth in bed with a young boy.

Ordained: 1982


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Eparchy of Toronto bishop was Isadore Borecky (1948-1998)

    Toronto Ontario, Canada  
1983 1985 St. Mary's Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Canada Pastor This assignment is per St. Mary's website.


Wichita bishop was Eugene John Gerber (1982-2001)

1992 Kansas Newman College Wichita KS Chaplain  
1991 1992 Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita Wichita KS Chaplain  
1992 1993 Blessed Sacrament


Muth was accused in a 2006 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a 12 year-old boy in 1992. The accuser said he was in an altar boy training program at the time, and that the abuse occurred in a swimming pool.

KS 2/2 Blessed Sacrament had a school with 445 students, and a religious education program with 115 students.


St. Nicholas in Chicago Eparchy for Ukranians bishop was Michael Wiwchar (1993-2003)

1994 Immaculate Conception San Francisco CA 1/1 This was a Ukranian Catholic Church.
1993 1994 St. Andrew the Apostle Sacramento CA   This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in San Francisco.
July 1, 1993 April 2, 1994 St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Center Santa Clara CA   This assignment is per the St. Volodymyr parish website.
1994 2000         Muth is not indexed in the 1995 through 2000 Directories.


Eparchy of Parma bishop was Basil Myron Schott, O.F.M. (1996-2002), followed by John Michael Kudrick (2002-)

2002 St. Nicholas Barberton OH 1/1 Administrator  
2002 2010 St. Luke's Byzantine

Sugar Creek

The man who accused Muth of sexually abusing him in 1992 as a boy also said he was abused as an adult by Muth in 2004, and that he decided to speak out when he caught Muth in bed with a young boy. The man said he had taken a job in 2004 as a groundskeeper at Muth's Kansas City churches.

MO 1/1, 1/2 The lawsuit was dismissed in 2009.


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop was Raymond James Boland (1993-2005), succeeded by Robert William Finn

2010 St. Cyril's Sugar Creek MO Administrator This assignment is per news reports.
Feb. 5, 2010 Feb. 19, 2010 St. Basil the Great Irving TX Temporary Administrator

This assignment is per the Eparchy of Parma.

Muth began here Feb. 5, 2010, only to be relieved of this appointment Feb. 19, 2010 "for reasons of health".

2010 2011 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Whiting IN 1/1 Assumption of the BVM had a religious education program with 11 students.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1983-2011)

Priest Sued for Alleged Sexual Assault of Kansas City Man, By Matt Sedensky, The Associated Press, carried in Belleville News-Democrat, April 4, 2006,
Priest Molested Boy, Suit Claims, By Joe Lambe, Kansas City Star [Kansas City MO], April 5, 2006
Man Accuses Kansas Priest of Sexual Abuse, KAKE News [Kansas], April 6, 2006
John Doe GS v. Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph et al, Cause No. 07-0011-CV-W-GAF, US Dist. Court, Western Dist. of Missouri 4.27.09
Official Appointments February 2010, Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy
St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Center website, parish history
St. Mary's Ukranian Church website, parish history

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This assignment record was last updated on March 23, 2012