Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre
Summary of Assignments:
- 5/27/1967: Ordained
- 1967-1970: St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa, NY
- 1970-1984: Holy Trinity High School – Chaplain and Counselor; Hicksville, NY
- 1984-1987: Sacred Heart, North Merrick, NY
- 1987-2002: St. Dominic’s – Pastor; Oyster Bay, NY
- 2003: Retired
Notes: Ribaudo was placed on leave and then “retired” in 2002 after allegation that he had molested Fr. Michael Hands as a high school student. Fr. Hands went on to become a priest and in 2002 pleaded guilty to abusing a teenage boy. Hands claimed that a church official offered him cash if he promised to keep quiet about charges against Ribaudo, one of Diocese’s best fund-raisers. Ribaudo, Priest O in the Grand Jury Report, admitted in therapy that he had abused “at least 12 boys.” Reportedly died in 2016.
Sources: Newsday 1.03.03 (excerpts from Fr. Hands’ Sworn Statement); Newsday 2.11.03 (2nd); Suffolk Co. Grand Jury Report; Newsday 04.05.02; Newsday 06.28.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Newsday 01.03.03; NY Times 01.04.03; Newsday 01.09.03; Newsday 02.11.03; Associated Press 03.12.03; Newsday 03.12.03; Newsday 04.15.03; Newsday 01.24.05; Newsday 11.14.17; Rockville Centre Patch 02.05.18; http://bishop-accountability.org/; BA.org Assignment Record and Other Info
Note: Years listed 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.