Fr. Edmond Parrakow

Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Greensburg

Summary of Assignments:

  • June 1, 1968: Ordained
  • 1968 (summer): Catholic University Ponce; Puerto Rico
  • 1968-1969:  Assumption Catholic Church; Tuckahoe, NY
  • 1969-1973:  St. Peter, Yonkers; NY
  • 1973-1985:  St. Martin of Tours; Bronx, NY
    • St. Thomas Aquinas High School Faculty
  • 1985: Servants of the Paraclete, Jemez Springs, NM
  • 1986:  Not indexed in 1996 Directory
  • 1986-1988:  St. Pius X; Mount Pleasant, PA
  • 1988-1994:  Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1992-1993:  Green Haven Correctional Facility, Stormville, NY


In early 1985, a man told the Archdiocese of New York that Parrakow sexually abused him as a teen boy 15 years prior. Parrakow received counseling in the first months of 1985 and then underwent evaluation at St. Bernardine Clinic in May 1985. In July 1985, Parrakow was referred for in-patient treatment at Foundation House operated by the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. During one interview at Foundation House, Parrakow admitted to molesting approximately 35 male children over the past 17 years as a priest.

The New York Archdiocese arranged to have Parrakow transferred to the Diocese of Greensburg in December 1985. Between December 1985 and July 1986, Parrakow worked at various parishes in the diocese.

In 1989, a complaint was made against Parrakow regarding inappropriate contact with a 7th grade boy at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Mount Pleasant. In February 1989, the Diocese of Greensburg removed Parrakow from his assignment. He reportedly did not engage in any priestly activities from 1989 to 2003.

In a February 2004 lawsuit, Parrakow was accused of sexually abusing two brothers in the early 1970s. One brother alleged that the abuse began when he was 10 years old, that Parrakow used alcohol and porn to groom him, and that the abuse included oral rape. Parrakow was also accused of transporting a third boy to Pennsylvania in 1975 and sexually abusing him there.

In 2004, Parrakow was laicized. As of August 2018, he was reportedly working at a shopping mall in Westmoreland County.

Sources:  Supreme Court Complaint 02.26.04; PA Grand Jury Profile 8.14.18 Assignment Record

Note: Years in parentheses indicate editions of the Official Catholic Directory. Because of the publication schedule of the Directory, a priest listed at a parish in a given year was also likely at that parish for part of the previous year.