Fr. Russell J. Banner: Accused of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor

Fr. Russell J. Banner

Ordained, 1967
  • 1967-1970 St. Joan of Arc, Chagrin Falls, OH (CLV)
  • 1970-1974 Children’s Village of St. Vincent de Paul, Cleveland, OH (CLV)
  • 1974-1979 St. Martha’s, Akron, OH (CLV)
  • 1979-1982 Epiphany, Cleveland, OH (CLV); St. Catherine’s, Cleveland, OH (CLV)
  • 1982-1983 St. Patrick’s, Cleveland, OH (CLV)
  • 1983-1984 Absent on Leave
  • 1984-1986 St. Clare’s, Lyndhurst, OH (CLV)
  • 1986-1987 St. Daniel the Prophet, Scottsdale, AZ (PHX)
  • 1987-1989 Ascension, Cleveland, OH (CLV)
  • 1989-2002 Annunciation, Cleveland, OH (CLV)
  • 2002-2019 Unknown

Fr. Russell J. Banner was ordained in the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2002, Fr. Banner was placed on leave amid allegations of child sexual abuse. In a 2004 lawsuit, a second survivor accused Fr. Banner of child sexual abuse from approximately 1967 to 1969 at Parmadale, a Catholic children’s home in Cleveland, Ohio. The survivor reported that Fr. Banner was a Deacon at the time of abuse and that he later served as an altar boy at Fr. Banner’s ordination. Fr. Banner was named on the Diocese of Phoenix’s list of “Names of priests and deacons from other dioceses who may no longer serve in the Diocese of Phoenix due to an accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor.” The Diocese of Cleveland dispensed Fr. Banner from his clerical state in 2015. Fr. Banner is believed to be living in Bradenton, Florida and serving as the Coordinator of the Venice Diocese of Pax Christi International. Whether Fr. Banner has access to children is unknown