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August 16, 2007


The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the request of Michael J. Donofrio to be removed from the clerical state was granted. In 2003, he was serving in the Diocese of Abancay, Peru, when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia became aware for the first time of an allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor and restricted his ministry. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia investigated the allegation, which was subsequently substantiated, and he sought removal from the clerical state.

Michael Donofrio functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1976 to June 1990, during which time he served in the following parishes and schools: Queen of the Universe, Levittown; Saint Thomas Aquinas, Philadelphia; and Saint Henry, Philadelphia. He also served as Chaplain, Bishop Conwell High School; Associate Director, Regional CYO; Chaplain, Saint Maria Goretti High School, Philadelphia; and Chaplain, Little Flower High School, Philadelphia. In June 1990 he requested and was released to service with the Society of Saint James in Peru and subsequently with the Diocese of Abancay in Peru until 2003 when the allegation was received.

Removal from the clerical state means that, in accord with canon law, Michael J. Donofrio is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

This public notice may be painful to those who have experienced sexual abuse within the Church. If you are the victim of sexual abuse by a cleric, staff or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and need assistance please call 1-888-800-8780.

Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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