Fr. Philip Altavilla – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Philip Altavilla – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Philip Altavilla

Ordained: 1992

Removed from ministry: 2014

Arrested: 2014 (charges later dropped)

Named in civil lawsuit: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • July 1992 – June 1995: St. Mary of Mt. Carmel (Dunmore, PA)
  • June 1996 – July 1996: Holy Trinity (Nanticoke, PA)
  • July 1996 – March 2000 – St. Patrick, St. John the Baptist, Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Holy Cross (Scranton, PA)
  • March 2000 – July 2000: Church of the Immaculate Conception (Taylor, PA)
  • July 2000 – November 2004: Immaculate Conception, St. John the Baptist (Taylor, PA)
  • November 2004 – February 2008: St. Thomas More (Lake Ariel, PA)
  • February 2008 – July 2009: Nativity of Our Lord Church (Scranton, PA)
  • July 2009- September 2009: Holy Cross High School (Dunmore, PA)
  • Sept. 2009 – July 2010: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, St. John the Evangelist (Scranton, PA)
  • July 2010 – November 2010: Immaculate Conception (Scranton, PA)
  • November 2010 – April 2014: St. Peter’s Cathedral (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Fr. Philip Altavilla:

Altavilla served as the Vicar General of the Diocese of Scranton for a period of time before a 2014 arrest for molesting a teenage girl in 1998.  According to the charges, he admitted to touching the girl in an inappropriate manner during a controlled call by police. The incident occurred after a midnight mass at St. Patrick’s in   He also admitted to sexual fetishes including pantyhose, strangulation, and chloroform. Charges were dropped in August 2014 due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. A related civil suit was later settled by the Diocese of Scranton.

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