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Rev. Felix R. Colosimo – Assignment History

Summary of Case: Ordained for the Syracuse diocese in 1965, Felix R. Colosimo worked as an assistant priest in Rome, Syracuse, Norwich and Utica, New York, before being named pastor in a Holland Patent parish in 1981. That pastorship was followed in 1987 by another in Utica and, in 1998, he was assigned as pastor to a parish in New Hartford.

In December 2013 a man reported to the diocese that Colosimo had sexually abused him beginning when the man was four years-old in the late 1970s, and continuing until the man was in his mid-teens. He said Colosimo threatened to physically harm him if he told. The diocese deemed the allegations 'credible,' and Colosimo was quietly removed from active ministry in July 2014. His accuser filed a lawsuit in June 2017 in Connecticut, having been unable to do so in New York due to the statute of limitations. According to the lawsuit, Colosimo abused the boy in Connecticut during trips there, when the boy was ages 12-15. Further, Colosimo allegedly abused him with another boy in a Connecticut hotel in the fall of 1987, which Colosimo videotaped. The alleged victim said he provided the diocese with a tape of the two boys shirtless in a hotel room. The other boy reportedly committed suicide years later. Colosimo is said to also have sexually abused his accuser during trips throughout the years to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Colosimo denied the allegations.

Ordained
: 1965


     

Start Stop Assignments Town/Allegations State Position Notes

1965

Diocese of Syracuse

Bishop was Walter Andrew Foery (1937-1970).

1968 St. John the Baptist Rome NY 3/4, 45

 

 

1968

Foery was succeeded by David Frederick Cunningham (1970-1976).

1971 Our Lady of Pompeii Syracuse NY 4/4 Our Lady of Pompeii had a school with 620-532 students.
1971 1976 St. Bartholomew Norwich NY 2/2  

1976

Cunningham was replaced as Syracuse bishop by Francis James Harrison (1976-1987).

1981 St. Peter's

Utica

A man reported to the diocese in December 2013 that Colosimo sexually abused him throughout his childhood, beginning when the man was age 4 in 1978 or 1979 and attending St. Peter's with his family. The man said Colosimo threatened to physically harm him if he told.

NY

2/3, 2/4

Rev. Robert Ours was in residence here 1980-81.

St. Peter's had a school with 305-274 students.

Ours was convicted in 2014 on child porn charges; Colosimo's accuser in 2017 also accused Ours of sexually abusing him as a boy when Ours was a deacon. Ours was ordained to the priesthood in 1980.

1981 1987 St. Leo's

Holland Patent

The man who reported abuse by Colosimo beginning at age 4 at St. Peter's said the abuse continued into Colosimo's assignment at St. Leo's, much of it occurring in St. Leo's rectory.

NY 1/1  

1987

Joseph Thomas O'Keefe succeeded Harrison as Syracuse bishop (1987-1995), followed by James Michael Moynihan (1995-2009).

1998 St. Anthony of Padua

Utica

Colosimo's accuser filed a lawsuit in CT in June 2017, claiming the priest sexually abused him in the state when the man was 12- to 15 years-old, 1987 through 1990. The suit was filed in CT because some of the abuse was said to have occurred during trips there, and the statute of limitations for abuse in NY had expired. Per the lawsuit, another boy was sexually abused with him at a hotel in CT in the fall of 1987. Colosimo also allegedly abused his accuser on trips to PA, NJ and MA.

NY 1/3, 1/2, 1/1

 

 

Colosimo denied the allegations against him.

 

Colosimo is said to have videotaped his sexual abuse of his accuser and the other boy. The man said that in 2014 he gave the diocese a videotape of himself and the other boy sitting shirtless in a hotel room.

 

The other boy alleged to have been abused with Colosimo's accuser reportedly has since committed suicide.

1998

Moynihan was replaced as Syracuse bishop by Robert Joseph Cunningham (2009-).

2014 Our Lady of the Rosary New Hartford NY 1/1

Our Lady of the Rosary had a Catechesis program with 196-360 students.

Colosimo is not indexed beyond the 2014 Directory.

In July 2014 the diocese deemed the allegations against Colosimo to be credible, and he was quietly removed from ministry.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1966-2014).

SYRACUSE Diocese, Priest Sued over Child-molesting Claims from 30 Years Ago, By John O'Brien, Syracuse com June 2, 2017
Lawsuit accused former Utica Priest of child molestation, By Greg Mason, Observer-Dispatch, June 3, 2017
 Syracuse Diocese, Former Priest Facing Lawsuit over Sexual Abuse Claimes, By Justine Marschner, CNY Centra,l June 5, 2017
 Law Firm of Estey and Bomberger Files Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against the Diocese of Syracuse, PRNewswire, June 7, 2017


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This assignment record was last updated on June 30, 2017.


 
 

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