February 19, 2020
By Sarah Fowler
A former priest who was removed from the ministry after being credibly accused of sexual abuse has died.
Paul Victor Canonici, 92, died Saturday, according to his obituary. A cause of death was not listed.
A native of Shaw, Canonici joined the priesthood when he was 30 years old. Over the course of his tenure, he served as the diocesan superintendent of education, assistant principal and then principal of St. Joseph High School in Madison, as well as the priest for multiple parishes throughout the Jackson metro area.
He retired when he was in his mid 70s. Despite his five decades with the diocese, he’s not listed on the church’s website of retired priests.
Canonici was removed from the ministry in 2002. He was on the list of those credibly accused of sexual abuse released by the Diocese of Jackson last spring.
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