Priest Facing Allegations Of Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

By Alex Mazer
October 8, 2013

Father Raymond Lavelle


The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has launched an investigation regarding allegations of the possible sexual abuse of a minor by a retired priest.

According to the diocese, it is alleged that Father Raymond E. Lavelle, 83, sexually abused a minor during his tenure at St. Agnes Parish, in Columbus, from 1971 to 1980.

The allegations were reported to the Chancery Office on September 3. The allegations where then forwarded to Franklin County Children Services.

On September 16, the review board met and determined that the allegation was credible and warranted further investigation.

Father Lavelle has been a priest of the Diocese of Columbus since 1957. His assignments have included:

  • Assistant Pastor, St. Agnes Church, (1957-1961)
  • Teacher, Holy Family High School, Columbus (1958-1961)
  • Assistant Pastor, St. Dominic Church, Columbus (1961-1963)
  • Teacher, Bishop Hartley High School, Columbus (1961-1963)
  • Assistant Pastor, St. Mary Church, Lancaster (1963-1968)
  • Priest in residence, St. Timothy Church, Columbus (1969-1969)
  • Priest in residence, St. Phillip the Apostle Church, Columbus (1969-1970)
  • Counselor, Bishop Hartley High School (1969-1970)
  • Spiritual Director, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus (1969-1970)
  • Pastor, St. Agnes Parish (1971-1980)
  • Pastor, St. Matthias Church, Columbus, (1980-91)
  • Associate Pastor, St. Brendan Church, Hilliard (1992)
  • Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Mt. Vernon (1992-1996)
  • Associate Pastor, St. Joan of Arc Church, Powell, (1996-2000)
  • Sacramental and pastoral administrator, St. Catharine Church, Columbus (2000)
Father Lavelle retired from active ministry in 2000 and has been in extended nursing care for the last year.


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