Assignment Record– Rev. Andrew P. Brizzolara, C.S.

Summary of Case: Andrew P. Brizzolara was ordained for the Missionaries of St. Charles (Scalabrinians) in 1976. He worked for his order in the Archdioceses of New York NY, Boston MA and Hartford CT. Brizzolara was removed from the Connecticut parish where he was pastor in January 2004 after an accusation surfaced that he had sexually abused a minor in the early 1980s, during his time in Massachusetts. He reportedly was sent out of state to live with members of his order; a Scalabrini website in 2007 indicated Brizzolara was working at Villa Rosa Nursing Home in Mitchellville, MD.

Ordained: 1976

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


New York archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983).

1980 St. Charles Borromeo Seminary New York (Staten Island) NY


Assistant Director 1977-1980



Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Madeiros (1970-1983), followed by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1985 St. Tarcisius (Italian)


Brizzolara was accused in 2004 of sexually abusing a minor in 1982 or 1983 during his time in the Boston archdiocese.



In residence 1982-1985



Cooke was succeeded as New York archbishop by John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1988 Our Lady of Pompeii (Italian) New York (Manhattan)



In residence

Parish had a school with 254-268 students.
1988 1999 St. Joseph's New York
NY 1/3,1/2 Parish had a school with 478-197 students


Hartford archbishop was Danile Anthony Cronin (1991-2003), followed by Henry Joseph Mansell (2003-2013).

2004 St. Michael's (Italian) New Haven
CT 1/1 Removed from active ministry in January 2004 after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a child in the early 1980s while in the Boston archdiocese.


Washington DC archbishop was Theodore Edgar McCarrick (2000-2006).

  Villa Rosa Nursing Home Mitchellville MD   This assignment is per the order's website,, in June 2007. Brizzolara is listed under "Personnel" for Villa Rosa and information is noted to be "As of May 1, 2005."

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1977-2004).

Priest Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations, [New Haven CT], January 18, 2004
Wooster Square Priest Resigns Sexual Abuse Allegations Date to 1983 in Boston, By Michael Gannon, New Haven Register, January 18, 2004
Accused of Abuse, a Priest Resigns, Conn. Pastor Faces Allegations in Mass., By David Abel, Boston Globe, January 19, 2004
Hartford Priest Accused of Sex Abuse in Bay State, By Marie Szaniszlo, Boston Herald, January 19, 2004
Priest Quits after Abuse Claim, By David Owens, Hartford Courant [Connecticut], January 19, 2004
The Missing Names From Cardinal O'Malley's List of Accused Clergy, Boston Globe, November 20, 201


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This assignment record was last updated September 1, 2015.


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