Fr. Giacomo Ghisalberti – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Giacomo Ghisalberti

Diocese of Raleigh/Diocese of Greensburg

Giacomo Ghisalberti Horowitz Law 

Ordained: 1970 (Diocese of Greensburg)

Transfer to Raleigh Diocese: 1975

Removed: possibly 2004, but not entirely clear

Died:  October 2020

Known Assignments:

  • St. Peter (New Kensington, PA)
  • St. John (Uniontown, PA)
  • Ascension (Jeanette, PA)
  • St. Patrick (Fayetteville, NC)
  • Christ the King Church (Riegelwood, NC)
  • Our Lady of Snows (Elizabethtown, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Giacomo Ghisalberti:

Father Giacomo Ghisalberti was named publicly by the Raleigh Diocese on its list of credibly accused clergy in October of 2018. According to the Diocese of Raleigh, the alleged abuse occurred in 1977 and was reported to the Diocese in 2004. No further information has been given about the location of the abuse or the number of allegations against him. 

Ghisalberti died on October 19, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

According to his obituary, Ghisalberti was assigned to three parishes in the Diocese of Greensburg between 1970 and 1975, when he moved to North Carolina.  It also mentions that Ghisalberti married a woman around 1988, so he, presumably, left the priesthood sometime before that to marry.  However, according to the Diocese of Raleigh’s original list of credibly accused priests, Ghisalberti may have remained in ministry until suspension as recently as 2004. News clippings also mention him celebrating a funeral mass as the officiant (priest) in the 1990s.

Neither the Raleigh Diocese nor the Greensburg Diocese have offered up a complete assignment history or any explanation regarding Ghisalberti’s departure from the priesthood. The assignment history listed above was compiled from his obituary and news archives about his career.

He is not listed on the Diocese of Greensburg’s list of credibly accused priests.

Ghisalberti also attended Campbell University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1981.

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