Assignment Record– Rev. Joseph A. Abruzzese

Ordained: 1990

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Louis E. Gelineau was bishop of Providence (1971-1997).

1991 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Marieville RI


Pastor was Rev. Robert J. Maynard.

1991 1992 St. Francis DeSales North Kingstown RI


Pastor was Rev. Nicholas P. Smith.

Parish had a C.C.D. program with 925 students.
1992 1993 St. Anthony's

North Providence

Arrested in Nov. 1993 for sexual assault of a 16-year- old boy. Placed on leave of absence after his arrest. Pleaded no contest in September 1994 and sentenced to probation. (Providence Journal-Bulletin, September 24, 1994).



Pastor was Rev. Edward S. Cardente.

St. Anthony's had a C.C.D. program with 584 students.
1993 1994         Not indexed or listed in the Official Catholic Directory.


Robert E. Mulvee replaced Gelineau as bishop (1997-2005).

2002 Absent on leave      

After 2002, no longer appears in the Directories.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1991-2002).

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.

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