Assignment Record– Rev. Anthony J. Petracca

Summary of Case: Anthony J. Petracca was ordained for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in 1985. His career is marked by a number of short-term assignments assisting in parishes and, notably, several assignment gaps: 1988-1989 (not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory), 2000-2010 (Absent on Leave; appears to have been living at a Salt Lake City, UT parish during his leave 2004-2005), 2010-2012 (not indexed) and 2014-2015 (not indexed). He also worked as a college campus minister and hospital chaplain.

Petracca was assigned to three Windber, PA parishes and three Johnstown hospitals in July 2017 when he was removed from active ministry due to an allegation of "misconduct" with a minor in the mid-1980s. A diocesan spokesperson said law enforcement was notified and that Petracca would be living in a place where he would not be in contact with children.

: 1985


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

Bishop was James John Hogan (1966-1986), followed by Joseph Victor Adamec (1987-2011).

1987 Our Lady of Lourdes


Petracca was removed from active ministry in July 2017 due to an accusation that he had engaged in "misconduct" with a minor in the mid-1980s.

PA 2/2

Our Lady of Lourdes had a school with 205 students.


1987 1988 Immaculate Conception Altoona PA 3/3 Immaculate Conception had a school with 265 students.
1988 1989         Petracca is not indexed in the 1989 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.
1989 1991 St. Andrew's Johnstown PA 3/4, 2/3 St. Andrew's had a school with 236 students.
1991 1993 St. Patrick's Johnstown PA 2/2 St. Patrick's had a school with 206 students.
1993 1995 St. John the Evangelist Bellfonte PA 2/2 St. John the Evangelist had a school with 166 students, and a CCD program with 256-225 students.
1995 1999 Our Lady of Victory State College PA 2/4, 2/3 Our Lady of Victory had a grade school with 308-347 students, a preschool with 61-60 students, and a CCD program with 537-632 students.
1999 2000 Juniata College Hollidaysburg PA Campus Minister


2000 2010 Absent on Leave       Petracca is indexed twice in the 2005 Directory, as "Absent on Leave" and as at Christ the King parish in Cedar City, UT (Salt Lake City diocese). He is listed in the Salt Lake diocesan pages as 2/2 and in residence. The parish had a CCD program with 140 students.


Adamec was succeeded as Johnstown bishop by Mark Leonard Bartchak (2011-).

2012         Petracca is not indexed in the 2011 or 2012 Directories.
2012 2014 Dmitri Manor Hollidaysburg PA   This was a residence for aged priests of the diocese with 12 beds, 4-7 residents and 1 staff member. Petracca is not listed as chaplain.
2014 2015         Petracca is not indexed in the 2015 Directory, nor is he listed as at his previous assignment or next parish assignments. He is listed, however, as at three Johnstown hospital chaplaincies.
2015 July 2017 St. Anthony of Padua Windber PA 2/2 St. Anthony's was affiliated with St. Benedict School, which is shown to have had 2 students, and St. Thomas School (Bedford), which is shown to have had 1 student. St. Anthony's had a CCD program with 76 students.
2015 July 2017 SS. Cyril and Methodius Windber PA 2/2 St. Cyril's had a CCD program with 26 students.
2015 July 2017 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Windber PA 2/2 St. Elizabeth's had a CCD program with 100 students.
2015 July 2017 Good Samaritan Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center Lee Campus Johnstown PA   Petracca was placed on leave July 5, 2017 due to an accusation of "misconduct" with a minor in the mid-1980s. Per the diocese, law enforcement was notified and Petracca would be living in a place in which he would not have contact with children.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1986-2016).

Priest suspended; law enforcement notified about mid-'80s incident, Bishop says, By David Hurst, Tribune-Democrat, July 5, 2017
Diocese places priest on leavee for alleged misconduct involving minor in mid-1980s, By Ron Musselman, WJAC, July 5, 2017
Suspended Priest under Investigation, Did Not Serve at Altoona Hospital, Church, By Shawn Annarelli, Centre Daily Times, July 6, 2017
Altoona Priest Placed on Leave, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 6, 2017
Diocese Priest, ABC 23, July 7, 2017
Records show priest was previously on leave for 3 years, By Lauren Petrelli and Ron Musselman, WJAC 07.08.17 

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This assignment record was last updated on Juy 17, 2017.


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