The bankruptcy court overseeing the Diocese of Rochester bankruptcy set August 13, 2020, as the “bar date” deadline for abuse survivors to file a claim in the bankruptcy. This deadline is called a “bar date” because people who fail to file a claim by the deadline will likely have their claims against the Diocese forever “barred” if their abuse occurred before the Diocese filed for bankruptcy. The deadline usually applies to everyone, including people who later claim they were not aware of the deadline. If you have a claim against the Diocese you must take action now. Please contact us for a free, confidential consultation to learn your options and to ensure your rights are protected.
We represent many of its abuse survivor creditors and have experience with many Catholic bankruptcies. Please click here to learn more about what the bankruptcy means for abuse survivors, including the fact that the bankruptcy does not mean abuse survivors get nothing. You can read a news article about the “bar date” deadline, which includes an interview with our attorney Michael T. Pfau, but clicking here.Learn more now
Rochester Diocese Sexual Abuse
Deadline for Abuse Survivors to File Bankruptcy Claims: If you have a claim against the Diocese of Rochester you must file a claim with the bankruptcy court by August 13, 2020, or else your claim will likely be dismissed. This deadline usually applies to everyone, including people who later claim they were not aware of the deadline. Please click here to learn more about the bankruptcy and what it means for abuse survivors. If you need help submitting a claim, or want a free, confidential consultation, please click here.
First Lawsuit Filed Against the Diocese of Rochester: On August 14, 2019, twelve of our clients filed one of the first lawsuits against the Diocese of Rochester under the Child Victims Act. You can read our clients’ lawsuit by clicking this link: Giovati et al. v. Diocese of Rochester. You can also read one of our client’s stories by clicking this link: Abuse Victims Hope Lawsuits Help Prevent Future Abuse.
We represent many people who were sexually abused by priests who were assigned in the Diocese of Rochester. Over 25 priests within the Diocese have been the subject of allegations of childhood sexual abuse, although many of the allegations were not investigated because of New York’s outdated statute of limitations for abuse survivors.
The following list of priests who have faced abuse allegations was compiled from different sources, including news reports. Please know some of the allegations are disputed by the individuals listed below. Where possible we have provided a summary of the allegations and a list of the individual’s known assignments.
By default the list below is sorted by the priest’s last name. You can also sort the list by first name.
Please know the list is not intended to be exhaustive — there are likely priests and others in the Diocese of Rochester who abused children but who are not listed below.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused by a priest within the Diocese of Rochester, please contact us for a free, confidential consultation to learn your legal options.