Fr. Mark Rossetti – Diocese of Scranton

Father Mark Rossetti – Diocese of Scranton

Ordained: 1985

Resigned: 1995

Psychological Evaluation: 1995

Laicized (removed from priesthood): 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 Abuse Allegations against Father Mark Rossetti:

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 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.

According to the grand jury report, Rossetti returned to ministry in Scranton until he was laicized in 2007.

According to the Diocese of Scranton, Rossetti died in 2018.

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