Rev. Russell J. Banner

Summary of Case: Placed on leave in 2002 pending review of past allegations. Previously underwent evaluation and treatment then returned to active ministry. In 2004 a second man alleged abuse for two years when he ages 12-14 and a resident at Parmadale Childrens' Home. Banner was a deacon counseling children at the home. This man filed suit in 2004. Banner worked in Phoenix, AZ 1986-87. Laicization announced March 19, 2015.  

: 1967
Laicized: 2015


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
prior to ordination   Children's Village of St. Vincent de Paul, "Parmadale"


• In 2004 a man came forward with accusations that Banner sexually abused him when he was a boy residing at Parmadale, and Banner was a deacon. The man said he later served as an altar boy at Banner's ordination in 1967. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
April 28, 2004)

OH Counselor  


Cleveland bishop was Clarence George Issenman (1966-1974)

1970 St. Joan of Arc Chagrin Falls OH



Parish had a school with 323 students.
1970 1974 Children's Village of St. Vincent de Paul, "Parmadale" Cleveland OH Chaplain Parmadale is described in the Directories ad a "Home for Dependent, Neglected, and Disturbed Children". There were 85-102 boys and 65-52 girls residing there during this time.


Issenman was succeeded as bishop by James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980)

1975 St. Martha's Akron OH 2/2 Parish had a school with 406 students.
1975 1979 Holy Family Stow OH 2/3, 3/4 Parish had a school with 702-683 students.


Replacing Hickey was Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006)

1982 Epiphany Cleveland OH



Parish had an elementary school with 302 children and a child enrichment/daycare center.
1979 1982 St. Catherine's Cleveland OH

4/4, 3/3

In residence

Parish had a school with 300-363.
1982 1983 St. Patrick's Cleveland OH 4/5 Parish had a school with 921 students.
1983 1984 Absent on Leave        
1984 1986 St. Clare's Lyndhurst OH 3/4 Parish had a school with 448-495 students.


Phoenix bishop was Thomas Joseph O'Brien (1981-2003)

1987 St. Daniel the Prophet Scottsdale AZ 2/3 Parish had a school with 168 students.
1987 1989 Ascension Cleveland OH 2/4 Parish had a school with 553-545 students.
1989 2002 Annunciation


• Banner was suspended from ministry in April 2002, due to "years-old allegations of child sexual abuse". (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
April 9, 2002)

OH 1/2, 1/1 Parish had a school until 1994 with 175-122 students. The 2001-2002 Directories show a CCD program with 7-8 students.


Pilla was followed as bishop by Richard Gerard Lennon
(2006- )

2009 Administrative Leave       As of 2004, Banner was living in Bradenton, FL. (Bradenton Herald
April 29, 2004)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1968-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on October 29, 2020.