Fr. Ernest Fagione “Faggioni” – Archdiocese of New Orleans

| Jun 4, 2020 | Abuser Profiles

Fr. Ernest Fagione aka Ernest Faggioni

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1947

Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1948-1949      Unknown
  • 1950                Salesian High School Residence (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 1951-1959      Hope Haven (Marrero, LA)
  • 1960-1961      Don Bosco Technical School (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1962-1963      Don Bosco Juniorate (West Haverstraw, NY)
  • 1964-1966      Hope Haven (Marrero, LA)
  • 1967-1974      Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, LA)
  • 1975-1979      Salesian Prep School (Cedar Lake, IN)
  • 1980                Salesian Monastery (Cedar Lake, IN)
  • 1981-1982      Don Bosco Technical High School (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1983-1988      Unknown
  • 1989-1992      St. John Bosco (Harvey, LA)
  • 1993                Unknown
  • 1994-2000      St. John Bosco (Harvey, LA)
  • 2001-2002      Salesian High School (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 2002                Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 2003-2004      Unknown
  • 2005-2006      Mary Help of Christians School (Tampa, FL)



Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Ernest Fagione:

Father Ernest Faggioni (Fagione)  was a priest of the Salesians Order. He spent most of his life in the New Orleans area, serving at different times as a teacher, principal or treasurer at Hope Haven, a boarding school in Marrero for boys who were orphaned or whose families could not afford to raise them. 

He died in June 2006.

According to media reports, in Fall 2009, at least one claim was included in the almost $5.2 million settlement with the Archdiocese of New Orleans. An undisclosed number of adults had claimed that years earlier as children they were beaten, berated and sexually molested at two Catholic orphanages. The suits were filed beginning in 2005. One plaintiff’s attorney said the church tried to suppress evidence of abuse at the institutions.

“We’ve had to fight the church tooth and nail for more than four years to get it to acknowledge wrongdoing,” he said. 

In November 2018, Father Faggioni’s name  was included on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted that the allegation of child sexual abuse  in the 1950s and 1960s was reported in 2006.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

None of the eight accused Salesian priests have officially been removed from ministry. 


Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to [email protected]