Former deacon, Mooney and St. Christine teacher stripped of teaching license

Staff report


A former deacon and teacher at two schools in Mahoning County has lost his teaching license.

Ernest Formichelli taught at Cardinal Mooney High School from 1976-2013 and St. Christine School from 1971-76, according to diocese records. He is no longer employed by the Diocese of Youngstown and is no longer a deacon.

In September 2013, the Ohio Board of Education accepted a resolution “to accept the voluntary surrender and to enter an order to revoke permanently the five-year professional high school teaching license and permanent nontax teaching certificate” of Formichelli.

In an email, the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the information about Formichelli was a “random discovery” it made on the state board of education website,

During a news conference in June, Judy Jones, Midwest associate director of SNAP, said a SNAP member had been abused by a deacon, and another person also had accused that deacon of abuse. SNAP would not name the deacon at that time, but Jones said Thursday that the accusations were against Formichelli.

However, in a statement, the Rev. John Jerek, vicar of clergy for the Diocese of Youngstown, said: “SNAP has been misinformed and is operating under suspicions, not facts. The Diocese of Youngstown follows civil law, church law and our policy of putting children first in every case of allegation of sexual abuse.”

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