Rev. Joseph F. Brodnick

Summary of Case: Brodnick was accused of sexual abuse of a teenage girl in Cleveland OH in the mid 1970s. He was suspended from ministry in April 2002, when the diocese of Cleveland received a supoena from the D.A. and released Brodnick's name to prosecutors. Brodnick had worked in the Rochester diocese since 1997. Rochester diocesan officials knew of the allegation against him when he was hired.

: 1969


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974)

1974 St. Justin Martyr Eastlake OH

3/3 ,2/2, 4/4


Parish had a school with 529-503 students.

Brodnick is not indexed in the 1970 or 1971 Directories.


James Aloysius Hickey replaced Issenmann as bishop (1974-1980)

1980 St. Wenceslas

Maple Heights

Accused of sexual abuse of a teenage girl in the mid 1970s. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
April 9, 2002)

OH 2/3, 2/4 Parish had a school with 596-547 students.


Anthony Michael Pilla was Hickey's successor (1980-2006)

1985 Holy Cross Euclid OH 3/4 Parish had a school with 420-403 students.
1983 1990 Diocesan Tribunal Judge        
1985 1988 St. Ann's Cleveland Heights OH 2/3, 2/4 Parish had a school with 369-348 students.
1988 1990 St. Matthias Parma OH



1990 1993 St. Martha's Akron OH

2/2, 3/3

In residence.

Parish had a school with 282-295 students.
1993 1997 Absent on Leave        


Rochester bishop was Matthew Harvey Clark (1979-)

2002 St. Joseph's Hospital Elmira NY Chaplain Rochester diocesan officials knew of the accusation against Brodnick when they allowed him to work in their diocese. Cleveland diocesan officials knew as well. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 11, 2002)
1997 2002 Elmira Correctional Facility, Center and Camp Monterey Elmira NY    
1998 2002 St. Mary's Elmira NY


In residence.

Parish had a school with 305-240 students, and a CCD program with 241-184 students.
2002 2009 Administrative Leave       Suspended from ministry in April 2002 due to the allegation of sexual abuse of a teenage girl in the mid 1970s.(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 11, 2002)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1972-2009).

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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 20, 2009