Rev. Leonard A. Ferrante

Summary of Case: In 2002 the Cleveland diocese listed Ferrante as a priest no longer in active ministry because of past allegations of abuse of minors.

: 1964


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was Edward Francis Hoban (1945-1966)

1965 St. Cecilia's Cleveland OH



Parish had a school with 367 students.
1965 1966 St. Gregory the Great Cleveland OH 4/4 Parish had a school with 923 students.


Following Hoban as bishop was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974)

1967 St. Columbkille Cleveland (Parma-Seven Hills) OH 3/3 Parish had a school with 1,128 students.
1972 1973 Lake County Catholic High School Mentor OH



School had 925 students, male and female. Its Director during this time was another accused Cleveland priest, Allen Bruening.


Issenmann was replaced by James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980)

1976 Borromeo Seminary High School and College Wickliffe OH   The Directories note Ferrante to have been studying at Ohio State University, while living at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, from 1967-1972.
1976 1979 On Leave        


Hickey was succeeded by Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006)

1986         Ferrante is not indexed in the 1980-1986 Directories.
1986 1988 Absent on Leave      

Ferrante is last indexed in the 1988 Directory.

In 2002 his name appeared on a list released by the diocese of former or retired priests no longer in active ministry due to past allegations of abuse of minors.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-1988)

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 9, 2009