Fr. Francis A. Nigli

Ordained: 1997
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

From India. Worked in the archdiocese 1997-2018. Sent to treatment in 2013 after allegations of inappropriate touching of an 18-year-old male (a minor, per diocese). Returned to ministry. Removed in 6/18 due to an allegation of sexual assault of a 21-year-old man in 5/18. Not made public until 10/18. On diocese’s list 11/30/18. It notes “After professional assessment, was not prohibited from ministry.” Later removed from ministry and moved to Grand Rapids MI, where he sought faculties. They were declined. Per the archdiocese’s updated list in 10/21, Nigli was “permanently barred from public ministry by the Holy See in 2021.” The 11/21 NE A.G.’s report shows that Nigli engaged in aggressive grooming behavior and unwanted sexual touching of teenage boys and young men, ages 16-21.

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