Assignment Record– Rev. Michael A. Paraniuk

Summary of Case: Michael A. Parniuk was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1981. After several years as an assistant at Our Lady of Visitation, Paraniuk was assigned to St. Bernard's in Winton Place, where he served until 2005. He was also was a long-time hospital chaplain at Cincinnati Children's, among other hospitals. In 1995 a man came forward to allege that Paraniuk sexually abused him in 1983, when the man was a young teen. Paraniuk denied the allegation; the archdiocese investigated and said the claim could not be substantiated. The man came forward with the allegation again in 2004, after the archdiocese was indicted for not reporting clergy sex abuse. The man subsequently received money from the archdiocese's victims' compensation fund and, as a result, Paraniuk was suspended from active ministry in March 2005. The archdiocese again investigated the man's claim, again deemed it unsubstantiated, and Paraniuk was returned to ministry. He was named pastor of St. Mary's in Hillsboro and in 2009 became pastor also of St. Benignus in Greenfield. In 2016 he remained at both parishes.

: 1981


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982), followed by Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).

1984 Our Lady of Visitation


Paraniuk was accused in 1995 of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in 1983, in a private home. His accuser came forward again in 2004.

OH 2/3

Our Lady of Visitation had a school with 588-552 students.

Paraniuk denied the allegations and the archdiocese said they could not be substantiated.

1984 1985         Paraniuk is not indexed in the 1985 Directory.
1985 2005 St. Bernard's Cincinnati (Winton Place) OH 2/2 St. Bernard's had a CCD program with 14-49 students.
1990 1996 Providence Hospital Cincinnati OH chaplain  
1993 1996 The St. Francis-St. George Hospital Cincinnati OH chaplain  
1996 1997 Franciscan Hospital, Western Hills Campus Cincinnati OH chaplain  
1996 2007 Franciscan Hospital, Mnt. Airy Campus/Mercy Franciscan Hospital/Mercy Hospitals West Cincinnati OH chaplain  
1984 2005 Children's Hospital Cincinnati OH chaplain  
  2005 Fire Department Cincinnati OH chaplain Paraniuk was suspended from ministry in March 2005 after a man accusing him of having abused him as a boy in 1983 received money from the archdiocese's victims' compensation fund. The fund was part of an agreement with prosecutors after the archdiocese was indicted for failing to report clergy sex abuse. Paraniuk was reinstated in October 2005 after an archdiocesan investigation.


Pilarczyk was was succeeded as Cincinnati archbishop by Dennis Marion Schnurr (2009-).

2016 St. Mary's Hillsboro OH 1/1 St. Mary's had a school with 42-66 students, and a CCD program with 60-90 students.
2009 2016 St. Benignus Greenfield OH 1/1 St. Benignus had a CCD program with 70-27 students.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1982-2016).

Three Priests Suspended, By Dan Horn,, March 9, 2005
 Suspended Priest Proclaims His Innocence,, March 10, 2005
 Pilarczyk Suspends 3 More Priests, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, March 10, 2005
 Suspended Priest Relieved From FD Duties, WCPO, March 10, 2005
 Three Priests Placed on Administrative Leave; All Deny Allegations,By Tricia Hempel, Catholic Telegraph, March 16, 3005
 Some Say Cincinnati Archbishop Waited Too Long to Suspend Priests, By John Nolan, Beacon Journal (AP), March 19, 2005
2 Priests Restored, Others Permanently Removed, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Press Release, October 12, 2005
 2 Priests Cleared of Charges, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, OCtober 13, 2005
 Former Area Priest Defrocked, By Jim Bebbington, Dayton Daily News, October 13, 2005

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This assignment record was last updated on January 30, 2017.


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