Fr. Edward Balestrieri (Trinitarian) – Diocese of Trenton

Father Edward Balestrieri 

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1959

Removed: 2002

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1960      Unknown 
  • 1961-1968      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Asbury Park, NJ)
  • 1969-1970      St. James (Italian) (Trenton, NJ)
  • 1971                (Pikesville, MD) 
  • 1972                St. Ann (Italian) (Bristol, PA) 
  • 1973-1978      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Asbury Park, NJ)
  • 1979-1981      St. Joseph (Marion, IL) 
  • 1982-1983      Good Samaritan Hospital (Mount Vernon, IL) 
  • 1984-1987      St. Joseph (Cobden, IL)
  • 1988-1989      St. Mary (Shawneetown, IL) 
  • 1990-1994      St. Mary Magdalen (Todd’s Mill, IL) 
  • 1995                Unknown
  • 1996-1999      St. Paul (Vienna, IL) 
  • 2000-2002      St. Mary (Sesser, IL)
  • 2003-2006     Leave of Absence 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Balestrieri:

Father Edward Balestrieri was a priest of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. In 1985, he was incardinated into the Diocese of Belleville. According to media reports, in May 2002, he was removed from ministry after a woman wrote to Trinitarian officials alleging that Father Balestrieri “inappropriately touched her son,” age 11, in 1975 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Asbury Park. No charges were filed because the five-year statute of limitations had run out. 

Father Balestrieri retired in 2007, and died in September 2012. 

In December 2018, Father Balestrieri’s name appeared on the Diocese of Belleville’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

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