Fr. John N. Petrocelli

Ordained: 1971
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Removed from ministry 8/22/2002. Accused in a lawsuit of abuse of a boy in the late 1980s. Court denied the Diocese’s Motion to Dismiss Negligence Claims on 9/20/2007. Claim settled in 8/2008 as part of a $1.326M settlement by the Diocese. On the Diocese’s list 7/1/2019. In 10/2020 a lawsuit against the diocese by a man alleging abuse as a boy by Petrocelli was dismissed, the judge ruling that church leadership cannot be labeled “perpetrators.” The RI Supreme Court affirmed the ruling in 6/2023. Petrocelli was indicted 11/2/2020 by a statewide grand jury on charges of abuse of three young boys, occurring 11/1981-10/1990 while assigned to Holy Family in Woonsocket. Pleaded not guilty.

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