Fr. John Giandelone: Accused of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor

Fr. John Giandelone

Ordained, 1978
  • 1979-1980 St. Mary’s, Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
  • 1980 St. Joseph’s, Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
  • 1981-1982 St. Mary’s, Chandler, AZ (PHX)
  • 1983 Queen of Peace, Mesa, AZ (PHX)
  • 1984 St. Louis The King, Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
  • 1985 Unassigned
  • 1986-1988 Desert Crest Nursing Home, AZ (PHX)
  • 1989 Resigned
  • 1990-2019 Unknown

Fr. Giandelone was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Phoenix. In 1984, Fr. Giandelone was allegedly caught sexually abusing a minor boy at St. Mary’s in Chandler, Arizona. After authorities were notified, Fr. Giandelone and the young boy stated the abuse was ongoing for approximately two years. In 1985, he was sentenced to a year in jail. At some point during his priesthood, Fr. Giandelone was reportedly sent to Servants of the Paraclete, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. In 2002, another survivor came forward to allege child sexual abuse by Fr. Giandelone that occurred in approximately 1979 at St. Joseph’s in Phoenix, Arizona. Fr. Giandelone was subsequently sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison. Fr. Giandelone has been named in at least two civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. Fr. Giandelone reportedly left the priesthood in 1992 to marry. Fr. Giandelone was included on the Diocese of Phoenix’s list of “Diocese of Phoenix priests and deacons who have been laicized and/or removed from ministry due to sexual misconduct with a minor.” Fr. Giandelone is believed to be living in Fort Meyers, Florida. His status as a priest and whether he has access to children are unknown