Assignment Record– Rev. Edward F. Rupp

Summary of Case: Rupp was accused in a 1994 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy for seven years, beginning when the boy was 13-years-old in 1966. The boy is said to have told a priest about the abuse in 1973, who told Bishop Cosgrove. It wasn't until 1994 that Rupp was placed on leave. As of 2009 his church status was "Life of Prayer and Penance."

: 1960


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was Edward Francis Hoban (1945-1966).

1964 St. Ann's



OH 4/4 St. Ann's had a school with 1,445-1,520 students.


Clarence George Issenmann replaced Hoban as bishop (1966-1974).

1970 St. John Bosco

Parma Heights

• Accused in a 1994 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy for seven years, beginning in 1966 when the boy was 13. The boy is said to have told a priest about the abuse in 1973, who told Bishop William Cosgrove. Rupp was kept in ministry. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
March 10, 2002)

OH 2/2, 2/3 St. John Bosco had a school from 1966 on with 335-714 students. (The 1965 Directory does not show a school.)


James Aloysius Hickey succeeded Issenmann (1966-1974).

1973 St. Agnes Elyria OH 2/2, 1/1 St. Agnes had a school with 305-191 students.


Following Hickey as bishop was Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006).

1982 St. Ignatius Antioch OH 2/4, 2/3 St. Ignatius had a school with 722-606 students.
1982 1983 St. Vincent de Paul Akron OH 2/3 St. Vincent's had a school with 312 students.
1983 1994 St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland OH

1/2, 1/3, 1/4

St. Vincent's had a school with 628-462 students.
1994 1997         Rupp is not indexed in the 1995-1997 Directories.
1997 2002 Absent on Leave        


Richard Gerard Lennon replaced Pilla as bishop (2006- ).

2007 Administrative Leave        
2007 2014 Life of Prayer and Penance        

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1961-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 2, 2016.