Fr. Francis “Frank” R. Zappitelli (Zappetelli): Accused of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor

Fr. Francis “Frank” R. Zappitelli (Zappetelli)

Ordained: 1962
  • 1963-1964: St. Peter, Canton, OH
  • 1965-1969: St. Paul, Salem, OH
  • 1970-1973: St. Rose, Girard, OH
  • 1974-1977: Assumption of Mary, Geneva, OH
  • 1978-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1981-1983: On Duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1984: Christ the King, Mesa, AZ
  • 1985-1989: St. Jerome, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1990-1991: Unassigned
  • 1992: Christ the King, Mesa, AZ
  • 1993-2001: St. Daniel the Prophet, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2002-2018: Retired; Fountain Hills, AZ
  • 2019: Unknown

Fr. Francis “Frank” R. Zappitelli was ordained in the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. He moved to Arizona in 1983 and was incardinated into the Diocese of Phoenix. In 2018, Fr. Zappitelli was removed from public ministry in the wake of an allegation that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in the mid-1970s. Fr. Zappitelli was included on the Diocese of Youngstown’s list of “Clergy of the Diocese of Youngstown against whom credible, substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been made.” Fr. Zappitelli was also 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. Zappitelli’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.