Rev. John Patrick Bertolucci

Summary of Case: Bertolucci was removed from active ministry in June 2002 due to a known history of sexually abusing boys in the Albany diocese. The diocese is said to have first known of the abuse in 1988. Bertolucci was a nationally known author and leader in the Charismatic Renewal Movement, and he was a televangelist on a nationally syndicated cable television show. He admitted to sexually abusing boys. Sent to live "a life of prayer and penance" in his family home in Catskill, NY. Died May 27, 2015.

: 1965


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Albany bishop was William Aloysius Scully (1954-1969).

1967 Sacred Heart Castle-on-Hudson NY 2/2  


Scully was succeeded by Edwin Bernard Broderick (1969-1976).

1971 St. Peter's Hospital Albany NY In residence.  
    St. John's School Rensselaer NY teacher  
1967 1971 Maria College Convent of Mercy Albany NY Chaplain This was the motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy. Maria College was a "college for higher education of members of the Community of Sisters of Mercy in the Albany Diocese and of other religious communities."
    LaSalle School Albany NY   This was a Christian Brothers' residential treatment center and school for adolescent boys.
1971 1976 Diocesan Vice-Chancellor



NY   Indexed in the Directories as at 921 Madison Ave., but listed in the Albany diocesan pages at 645 State St., Box 6045 Quail Station.


Howard James Hubbard replaced Broderick (1977- 2014).

1980 St. Joseph's (Italian)

Little Falls

Bertolucci admitted in later years that he had sexually abused minors during the seventies.

NY 1/2  
    Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Bertolucci was accused in the early 1990s of having molested a 12 year- old boy in the late 1970s. The boy's parents met Bertolucci through the Charismatic Renewal in Albany, NY. The boy told other priests in the 1970s of the abuse, but they told no one reportedly due to the seal of confession.

Bertolucci was named in 2011 as one of five priests who sexually abused a boy between 1986-1991 in the Albany diocese. The abuse is said to have taken place at Our Lady of Mercy parish, where the accuser's mother was a long time employee.


Bertolucci was a national leader in this movement. He also was an author and televangelist on a nationally syndicated cable TV show.

Rev. Alan Jupin is one of the five accused of taking turns abusing the boy between 1986-1991. Jupin was a priest of Our Lady of Mercy. Jupin had previously been accused of sexually abusing another boy. The priests are alleged to have sexually abused boys at "alcohol-fueled" parties at Jupin's apartment as well as at Our Lady of Mercy.


Steubenville bishop was Albert Henry Ottenweller (1977-1992).

1988 Priests on Special Assignments and Private Residences: Holy Spirit Monastery Steubenville OH    
1979 1988 University of Steubenville Steubenville OH faculty member  



1989 St. Helen's Schenectady NY 2/2 Temporary Administrator

Parish had a school with 302 students.

Church officials became aware of Berolucci's abuse of children in 1988. He was sent to Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico for treatment.

1989 1990         Bertolucci is not indexed in the 1990 Directory.
1990 1994? St. Mary's



NY 2/3 The 1993 and 1994 Directories index Bertolucci as "Special Assignment" with the St. Mary's address, but he is not listed as at St. Mary's in the Albany diocesan pages.
1990 1992 Special Assignment: Columbia-Green Community College Hudson NY    
1994 1997 Albany Medical Center Hospital Albany NY    
1995 2001 St. Ambrose's Latham NY 2/3 Parish had a school with 293-355 students.
2001 2002 Special Assigment : St. Anthony of Padua Friary Catskill NY  

Bertolucci was removed from ministry in June 2002 as a result of the U.S. Bishops' then new "zero tolerance" policy for clergy sexual abuse of children.

He "opted for" a life of prayer and penance rather than laicization.

The parents of one of Bertolucci's victims sued him in 2002 for "harassing and intentionally inflicting emotional harm on the family". They claimed Bertolucci phoned them Sept. 11, 2002 to urge them to keep their son from coming forward and that he said, in part, "I was very proud of your son the way he repeatedly fought off my sexual advances most of the time." The victim's parents have said that Bertolucci "ripped our family apart".

2002 2015         Bertolucci was last known to have been living at his deceased mother's home in Catskill, NY. He died May 27, 2015.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-2002)

Diocese Removes Six Priests Sexual Abuse Histories Cited, By Andrew Tilghman, Times Union [Albany, NY], June 29, 2002
For Victims of Clergy Abuse, Pain Doesn't End, By Deborah Martinez, Times Union [Albany, NY], July 14, 2002
Priest Retreats to Life of Penance, By Andrew Tilghman, Times Union [Albany, NY], July 21, 2002
Man, Parents Sue Two Area Priests, By Andrew Tilghman, Times Union [Albany, NY], October 10, 2002
Diocese Seeks a Dismissal of Count, By Andrew Tilghman,, February 4, 2003
Judge Denies Access to Files, By Andrew Tilghman, Albany Times Union [Albany NY], September 24, 2003
Judge Rejects Lawsuit over Priest's Phone Call, By Bruce A. Scruton, Times Union [Albany, NY], October 24, 2003
Alleged Sexual Abuse Victim Suing Diocese: Leonard Claims Legal Action Is Only Way to Get Affirmation of 'Terrible Things That Happened', By Robert Cristo, Troy Record, July 15, 2004
Frankfort Man Fights Motion to Move Trial, By Jessica Arsenault, The Evening Telegram [Frankfort NY], November 9, 2004
Bishop Grants Mercy to Disgraced, By Michele Morgan Bolton , Albany Times Union [Albany NY] , August 16, 2005
Retired Priest Removed, 3 on Leave, By Cathy Woodruff, Albany Times Union, March 19, 2011
Alleged Victim: Priests Used Me As a Child Sex Slave, By Brendan J. Lyons, Albany Times Union, March 25, 2011
Victim Alleges Fifth Catholic Priest Abused Him in Child Sex Case, By Brendan J. Lyons, Albany Times Union, August 13, 2011
Bishop Grants Mercy to Disgraced, By Michele Morgan Bolton , Albany Times Union [Albany NY] , August 16, 2005
Revised List, Diocese of Albany, November 30, 2018

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