The Diocese of Rochester announced Sunday, March 27, that it has investigated and deemed “credible” an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to the late 1960s against the Rev. Vincent Panepinto.
Rev. Panepinto, who served most recently as sacramental minister of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Rochester, has been placed on administrative leave, and his priestly faculties have been withdrawn. He can no longer exercise public ministry in any capacity.
Rev. Panepinto was ordained a priest on June 3, 1967. He served at the former St. Philip Neri Church in Rochester; St. Anthony in Elmira; St. Michael in Rochester; as a chaplain at several state correctional facilities and at Our Lady of Mercy High School; and as spiritual director at Becket Hall discernment house. Prior to his most recent assignment, he was pastor of the former City East parishes in Rochester (Corpus Christi, Holy Redeemer, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel).
The diocese included with its announcement a reminder that victims of abuse always are encouraged to report to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact Barbara Pedeville, the diocesan victims’ assistance coordinator, at 585-328-3228, ext. 1215 (toll-free 1-800-388- 7177, ext. 1215), or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.