Fr. John Milanese – Diocese of Burlington

Father John Milanese

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 2002

Reinstated: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT)
  • Christ the King Church (Rutland, VT)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Middlebury, VT)
  • St. Paul’s Church (Orwell, VT)
  • Our Lady of the Angels (formerly Sts. Donatian and Rogatian) (Randolph, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Milanese:

According to media reports, in May 2005, Father John Milanese was placed on leave after an allegation was brought against him that he abused an 8-year-old boy in the mid 1980s. He denied the accusations. After the church conducted an internal investigation, the Diocese stated that the allegation must be a lie (“not credible”) and returned Milanese to active ministry in October 2005. 

Of the alleged victim, Father Milanese told the media, “I tried my best to help him when he was younger and God knows I did my best. There was never anything inappropriate in that time.”

In September 2019, Father Milanese retired voluntarily after 45 years of ministry. He remains a priest in good standing. 

Horowitz Law is investigating additional abuse allegations against Milanese and we implore anyone with information about this priest to contact our office or local law enforcement in support those victims.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.