Retired priest charged with indecent liberties with a minor

The following 7/27/2017  announcement from the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis in Loretto, Pennsylvania, available at was shared with the Diocese of Arlington on 7/27/2017. Father Gervase Cain, T.O.R., served as Pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Church, Luray, Virginia, from 1992 to 1997, and as Parochial Vicar at Saint Joseph Church in Herndon, Virginia, from 1997 to 1999.


Father Gervase Cain, TOR

July 27, 2017


Rev. Gervase Cain, T.O.R., 86, a retired priest of the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular of St. Francis in Loretto, Pa., has been charged today with taking indecent liberties with a minor in Fairfax County in 2003.  At the time, Rev. Cain was a resident at a retirement facility owned by the Franciscan Friars in Frederick County.  Rev. Cain voluntarily responded to an arrest warrant in Pennsylvania.

Following his ordination in 1957, Rev. Cain taught in schools in Philadelphia and York, Pa., and served on the faculty of Saint Francis College in Pennsylvania, including service as its executive vice president from 1976-83.  He served as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Spring Grove, Pa ., from 1983-86, as pastor at Assumption Parish in Keyser, W.Va., from 1986-88, and in Pittsburgh from 1988-89.  In 1989 he was assigned to oversee the renovation of the retirement facility in Frederick County; he then served as pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Luray from 1992-97 and as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Church in Herndon from 1997-99.

The allegations were brought to the attention of police in 2004, but no charges were pursued until now.

The Franciscan Friars TOR invites anyone with knowledge of any inappropriate conduct by Fr. Gervase Cain or any other Friar to contact law enforcement authorities and also Father Richard Davis, Minister Provincial at 814-419-8890.



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