Father Mark Rossetti – Diocese of Scranton
Psychological Evaluation: 1995
Laicized (removed from priesthood): 2007
Assigned to Archdiocese of New York: 1997-2002
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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