Rev. John Francis Warner

Summary of Case: A priest of the Youngstown diocese, Warner was placed on administrative leave in Oct. 2011 after an accusation emerged that he had sexually abused an altar boy, who was about 13 years-old, over thirty years previously. The Diocesan Review Board determined that the accusation was credible.

: 1970


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Youngstown bishop was James William Malone (1968-1995)

1973 St. Peter's Canton OH 2/3

St. Peter's had a school with 248-204 students.

A Rev. John F. Warner is also listed in the 1973, 1974, and 1975 Directories at St. Patrick's in Kent, OH.

1973 1976 St. Mary's Warren OH 2/3  
1976 1982 St. Edward's


Warner was accused in 2011 of having sexually abused a 13 year-old boy altar boy during his time at St. Edward's.

OH 3/4, 2/3 St. Edward's had a school with 616-441 students.
1982 1984 St. Joan of Arc's Canton OH 2/3, 2/2

St. Joan of Arc's had a school with 406 students.

1984 1992 St. Vincent de Paul Vienna OH 1/1  
1992   St. Bernadette's Masury OH temporary administrator This assignment is per news reports.
1992 1995 St. Aloysius East Liverpool OH 1/1 St. Aloysius had a school with 265-246 students.


Malone was succeeded as Youngstown bishop by Thomas Joseph Tobin (1995-2005)

1996 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Aurora OH assistant pastor Warner is not indexed in the 1996 Directory. This assignment is per news reports.
1996 1999 St. Paul's North Canton OH 2/2 St. Paul's had a school with 460 students, and a religious education program with 775-750 students.
1999   St. Elizabeth Medical Center Youngstown OH part-time chaplain Warner is not indexed in the 1996 Directory. This assignment is per news reports.
1998 2010 Defenders of the Bond Youngstown OH    
1999 2003 SS. Peter and Paul's Youngstown OH 1/1 SS. Peter and Paul's had a religious education program with 62-26 students.


George Vance Murry, S.J. replaced Tobin

Oct. 2011 SS. Philip and James' Canal Fulton OH 1/1

SS. Philip and James' had a school with 221-147 students, and a religious education program with 160-97 students.

Warner was placed on administrative leave in Oct. 2011 due to an accusation that he had sexually abused a minor thirty years before, at St. Edward's in Youngstown. The diocese learned of the allegation in June 2011. The Diocesan Review Board deemed the accusation to be credible. Warner denied the accusation. Warner was sent to a treatment facility, per the diocese.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1971-2010)

Priest Removed from Ministry Amid Sexual Allegations, WKBN, October 9, 2011
Priest Placed on Leave, Tribune Chronicle, October 10, 2011
Canal Fulton Priest Removed Amid Allegation of Abuse, By Colette M. Jenkins, Beacon Journal, October 10, 2011
Bishop Addresses Sex Allegations against Priest, WKBN, October 10, 2011
Bishop Addresses Sex Allegations against Priest, WYTV, October 10, 2011
Canal Fulton Priest Resigns, Accused of Sexual Misconduct, IndeOnline, October 10, 2011
SNAP Applauds Brave Victim in Youngstown, By Zach Hiner, SNAP, October 10, 2011
Former St. Ed's Priest Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Charges, The Vindicator, October 10, 2011
Bishop: Priest in Treatment, By Adam Ferrise, Tribune Chronicle, October 11, 2011
Bishop Vows Openness with Sex-Misconduct Case, By Christine Keeling and Ashley Luthern, Tre Vindicator, October 11, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 20, 2011