Paul Palmitessa: Substantiated Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Paul Palmitessa

Father Paul Palmitessa, DOB 01/18/31, was ordained in 1956. He worked at several parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis (“Archdiocese”) between 1956 and 1982. Father Palmitessa was excardinated from the Archdiocese, and incardinated in the Diocese of San Diego, in 1988. According to the Archdiocese, he retired in 1998 and was in limited ministry until 2012. The Archdiocese lists his current status as “No longer in ministry (determined by the Diocese of San Diego).”

On December 5, 2013 the Archdiocese included Father Palmitessa on its official list of clergy members who have had credible claims against them of sexually abusing a minor in the Archdiocese. According to the Archdiocese, Father Palmitessa is currently residing in Santee, California.

Father Palmitessa worked at the following Archdiocese locations:

· Associate priest, Cathedral of St. Paul, 1956-1968;

· Pastor, Holy Redeemer, St. Paul, 1968-1979;

· Pastor, St. Paul, Zumbrota, 1979-1982;

· Administrator, St. Mary, Bellechester, 1979-1982;

· Diocese of San Diego, 1982-1988;

· Excardinated, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; incardinated, Diocese of San Diego, 1988