Syracuse Ex-priest, Removed over Child Sex Abuse, Dies at 81

By Julie McMahon
July 11, 2019

Rev. Chester Misercola pictured in a 2002 file photo reading outside St. Pious X Hall, also known as the Tommy Coyne House, where several priests who were removed from ministry lived before it was shuttered in 2016. Photo by John Berry | The Post-Standard.

A former Syracuse priest, removed in 2002 over allegations of child sexual abuse, has died. He was 81.

Chester Misercola worked as a priest in Syracuse and Oswego, including as a teacher at Oswego Catholic High and Bishop Cunningham High School in Oswego from 1970 to 1992, according to his obituary.

He died Saturday.

Misercola was most recently living at a Loretto facility in Syracuse, the obituary said. He previously lived at a controversial retirement home for priests, shuttered by the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse in 2016.

He was one of 57 priests named to a list of clergy with credible allegations of child sexual abuse, announced by the diocese last year.

Most of the priests who were named were dead at the time the list was published. Misercola was one of 19 who were still alive at the time.








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