Syracuse Diocese Sexual Abuse

Diocese of Syracuse Files for Bankruptcy — What Does It Mean?:  On June 19, 2020, the Diocese filed for bankruptcy.  We represent many people who were sexually abused by priests or others associated with the Diocese of Syracuse, and we filed some of the first lawsuits against the Diocese under the Child Victims Act.  That means our clients are some of the first “creditors” in the Diocese’s bankruptcy.  Our law firms are listed in the bankruptcy petition as legal counsel for a number of the creditors.

A “bankruptcy” does not mean the Diocese has no assets or insurance, or that abuse survivors will get nothing. To the contrary, the goal of a bankruptcy is to allow a bankruptcy judge to marshal the Diocese’s cash, other assets, and insurance, and then ensure that abuse survivors are compensated in a way that is fair to everyone.  However, in order to be compensated, abuse survivors must file a claim in the bankruptcy court by a deadline, which could be as short as a few months from now, or they will forever forfeit their right to pursue a claim or compensation from the Diocese.  If you may have a claim the time to act is now.

We have put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) based on our experiences in prior Catholic bankruptcies, but please know we cannot guarantee what will happen with the Diocese of Buffalo’s bankruptcy.  You can read the FAQ by clicking here.

Please contact us to learn your options and to timely file a claim by the deadline.  The deadline usually applies to everyone, including people who later claim they were not aware of the deadline. The time to act is now.  Contact us.

First Lawsuit Filed Against the Diocese of Syracuse:  On August 14, 2019, four of our clients filed one of the first lawsuits against the Diocese of Syracuse under the Child Victims Act.  You can read our clients’ lawsuit by clicking this link:  P.V. et al. v. Diocese of Syracuse et al.

We represent many people who were sexually abused by priests in the Diocese of Syracuse.  Over 20 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of allegations of childhood sexual abuse, although many of the allegations were not investigated because of New York’s outdated statute of limitations for abuse survivors.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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse, please contact us for a free, confidential consultation to learn your legal options.

Accused Sexual Abusers from the Syracuse Diocese