Fr. Mark Rossetti – Diocese of Scranton

| Nov 26, 2018 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Mark Rossetti

Diocese of Scranton

Ordained: 1985

Resigned: 1995

Laicized: 2007

Assigned to Archdiocese of New York: 1997-2002

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1985-1987: St. John the Evangelist (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1987: Ss. Peter and Paul (Plains, PA)
  • 1987-1990: St. John the Evangelist (Pittston, PA)
  • 1990-1991: Holy Name (Swoyersville, PA)
  • 1991-1994: St. John the Evangelist (Pittston, PA)
  • 1994-1995: St. Joseph (Friendsville, PA)
  • 1997-2002: Assigned in Archdiocese of New York (Congers, NY: St. Paul)
  • 2002-2006: Leave of Absence/ U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain
  • 2006-2007: Unassigned/Leave of Absence

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Mark Rossetti:

Father Mark Rossetti was ordained a priest in 1985, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in 1995, the Diocese of Scranton was made aware of an incident involving Father Mark Rossetti and a 13 year old boy at St. Joseph’s parish.  According to the 2018 PA Grand Jury report, Rossetti was accused of hugging and French kissing the boy, and discussing with him how “far they should go.”  The incident was reported to police. Rossetti was removed from ministry and sent for a psychological examination. Three weeks later, the family signed a waiver of prosecution to end the police investigation.

In 1997, after Rossetti had been without assignment for two years, Bishop James Timlin wrote to Archbishop John O’Connor in New York, to request an assignment for Rossetti.  Timlin provided his personal assurance that Rossetti was not a risk to parishioners in any way. Rossetti worked in the Archdiocese of New York from 1998 to 2002.

In 2018, he was first named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury Report, which noted that Rossetti returned to ministry in Scranton until he was laicized in 2007.

Rossetti died in 2018.

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