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Fr. Jody Blanchard – Diocese of Baton Rouge

Fr. Jody Blanchard

Diocese of Baton Rouge (Jesuit Order)

Jody Blanchard Diocese of Baton Rouge Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Left Society of Jesus: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • Jesuit Community (Berkeley, CA)
  • St. Charles Borromeo Church (Grand Coteau, LA)
  •  Tulane Catholic Center (New Orleans, LA)
  •  Immaculate Conception Parish (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (Houston, TX)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Fr. Jody Blanchard:

Fr. Jody Blanchard was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1983, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. According to media reports, in December 2018, he was publicly named and included on the Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits list of credibly accused clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined to be credible. He was also named on the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s list of credibly accused in 2019.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victims, the nature of the abuse, Fr. Blanchard’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse, or when the abuse took place was not provided by the Jesuits or the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Fr. Blanchard left the Jesuits in 1994 and is currently a counselor to the elderly and spiritual care/bereavement coordinator in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Baton Rouge may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Pierre Celestin Cambiaire – Diocese of Baton Rouge

Fr. Pierre Celestin Cambiaire

Diocese of Baton Rouge

Pierre Celestin Cambiaire Diocese of Baton Rouge Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1898

Removed: 1917

Died: 1955

Assigned as Follows:

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cameron, LA)
  • St. George (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Grosse-Tete, LA)
  • St. Leon (Leonville, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Pierre Celestin Cambiaire:

Fr. Pierre Celestin Cambiaire was first named publicly as a priest accused of sexual abuse on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list in November of 2018. The allegation made against him was noted to have been received in 1917. According to media reports, the alleged abuse was said to have occurred in the 1910’s. No further information was released about the gender/age of the victim, or the number of people who have come forward.

Pierre Celestin Cambiaire was removed from ministry in 1917. He later died in 1955.

His name also appears on the Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019, as he worked in the territory in the New Orleans archdiocese that later became part of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This list includes individuals who have been the subject of credible allegations of sexual abuse of one or more minors or vulnerable adults which allegedly occurred within the diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Baton Rouge may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Abp. Peter Leo Gerety – Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety

Archdiocese of Newark

Peter Leo Gerety Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1939

Retired: 1986

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1939: St. John the Evangelist Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1940: Grace-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, CT)
  • 1942: St. Brendan Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1956: St. Martin de Porres Parish (New Haven, CT)
  • 1969–1974: Bishop of Portland
  • 1974 to 1986: Archbishop of Newark

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety:

Abp. Peter Leo Gerety served for nearly three decades as a parish priest in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Portland, Maine. He was appointed the third Archbishop of Newark in 1974, retired in 1986, and died in 2016 at the age of 104.

According to media reports, a new lawsuit was filed in March 2021 by a now 49-year-old woman against the Archdiocese of Newark, alleging sexual abuse by the late Abp. Gerety. According to media reports, the victim claims that in 1976, he sexually abused her multiple times when she was just five years old. Allegedly, Abp. Gerety befriended her family when they were parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark.

The archbishop would often bring food to the struggling family and volunteered to look after the 5-year-old when her mother was at work. The victim states that Abp. Gerety, the highest-ranking church official in New Jersey at that time, would take her back to his bedroom in the rectory, where he touched her sexually and masturbated in front of her on three or four different occasions. She claims he told her not to say anything to anyone because it will hurt her mother and that it was their little secret. She says that she thought he was sent from God.

Eventually, she began to resist being alone with the priest, and her aunt started watching her instead. The woman said she did not tell anyone about the alleged abuse until she was 13 when she confided in her sister. By the time she was in her 20s, the victim was suicidal and in therapy.

The Review Board offered the victim a $5,000 settlement, but she declined and filed a $50 million lawsuit in March declaring that Abp. Gerety’s abuse caused a lifetime of mental health issues.

Abp. Gerety, who died as the world’s oldest Catholic bishop at 104 in 2016, was named in numerous lawsuits for allegedly covering up or failing to remove priests in the Archdiocese of Newark who sexually abused children during his tenure.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Bishop Robert Deeley sexual abuse

Terrific Chance for Justice for Sexual Abuse Survivors in Maine

Diocese of Portland Maine Catholic Bishop Robert Deeley is one of just a dozen or so U.S. prelates who steadfastly refuses to tell the public “Here’s who we educated, hired, trained, supervised, transferred and protected and are in fact child molesters.”

Maybe he didn’t want to post such names because he was afraid of abuse and cover up lawsuits if state officials suddenly gave victims more time to sue.

If that’s true, his nightmare has come true. Last week, the governor signed legislation lifting the civil statute of limitations on child sexual abuse.

This means that anyone who was abused at any time by anyone in Maine can now use the justice system to expose wrongdoers, seek justice, heal better and win compensation.

Because of that wise and compassionate move by state officials, we predict that the names of many of the child molesting clerics who were or are in Maine – and are still largely unknown throughout the state – will soon become known.

And we predict that Maine’s bishop will, in the weeks or months ahead, finally reveal a list of ‘credibly accused’ clerics, if only to help foster the impression that he’s ‘reforming.’ (“See, there’s no need to haul us into court. We’re finally coming clean about our predator priests.”)

If or when Bishop Deeley does indeed release a list of [proven, admitted or credibly accused offenders, we also predict it will be far from complete.

In fact, here are four pedophile priests who were or are in Maine that we predict he’ll leave OFF of his list:

 

(1)  Fr. Paul J. Doherty, who retired to York Maine in 2006 and became a board member of a non-profit (The University of Southern Maine Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

He was put on leave in 2006 after admitting he had abused a child in Massachusetts.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news555/2017_12_00_OLLI_Newsletter_Profile_Paul.pdf

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/01_02/2014_01_26_Barnes_LancasterPriest.htm

http://www.telegram.com/article/20140126/NEWS/301269722/1116

 

(2)  Fr. Ronald H. Paquin, whose 2018 conviction on child sex charged in Maine was upheld just last year. (In 2002, he pled guilty to child rape in Massachusetts.)

Fr. Paquin was known to have sexually abused more than 40 boys.

In 2002, he admitted abusing a boy (starting at age 11 and ending around age 17) in Massachusetts, Canada, Maine, New Hampshire, Florida and Virginia. (according to documents in the Manchester NH diocese archives).

He worked in Cambridge, Milton, Chelsea, Lincoln, Methuen and Haverhill (all in Massachusetts).

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Paquin_Ronald_H.htm

 

(3)  Fr. Robert. J. Knapp, who was first accused of child sexual abuse in 1985, had “a father-son” relationship with a child, perpetrated sexual misconduct on three women and was defrocked in 2010 while he was living in Maine.

He is now on the Boston archdiocese’ ‘credibly accused’ list.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Knapp_Robert_J.htm

 

(4) Fr. Harvey Lamonthe, against whom at least one abuse case was settled in 2002. He died in 1987 while in Maine.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Lamothe_Harvey.htm

Bishop Deeley clearly doesn’t want his flock or Maine citizens to know who his child molesting clerics are.

We at Horowitz Law feel quite differently. We’re convinced that kids will be safer and victims will be better when ALL the predatory priests in Maine are made public.

If you agree with us, we hope you’ll spread the word about these four offenders. And if you know of others who were or in Maine, we hope you’ll bring them to our attention.

Louisiana Diocese Horowitz Law

Louisiana Becomes the Latest State to Open Courts to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

New Louisiana Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Gives Survivors of Abuse More Legal Options Starting Today

On June 15, 2021, the State of Louisiana became the latest in the wave of states to pass an extension to the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases.

In a landmark move, Louisiana lawmakers eliminated the time period for filing a lawsuit in future cases of abuse, and also created a three-year window for those abused in the past to file lawsuits too. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Monday. 

For three years, beginning immediately, anyone sexually abused in Louisiana can file lawsuits against those responsible for their child sexual abuse, including the perpetrators and their employers.  

“The scars of childhood sexual abuse may stay with survivors long-term and they deserve more time to report these devastating crimes,” Gov. Edwards’ spokesperson Christina Stephens said.  

“We commend Louisiana lawmakers for recognizing that sexual abuse causes shame, embarrassment, fear, and guilt that many survivors carry well into their adulthood – and that keeps them suffering in silence for decades,” Adam Horowitz, the managing partner of Horowitz Law says of the new law.  “We are seeing a wave of new legislation across America as more and more survivors come forward to demand access to courts to hold those responsible for their nightmare accountable. We can add Louisiana to the list of states that are getting it right.”

The lawyers of Horowitz Law have represented victims and survivors of sexual abuse for more than 20 years.  If you were sexually abused in Louisiana, contact us now to discuss your legal options. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused in Louisiana now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Brother Francis Meder – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Brother Francis Meder (Marianist)

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Francis Meder Diocese of Rockville Centre Horowitz Law

Ordained: N/A

Died: 1976 

Assigned as follows:

  • Cardinal Gibbons High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Cathedral Latin School (Cleveland, OH)
  • Chaminade High School (Dayton, OH)
  • Chaminade High School (Mineola, NY)
  • Holy Trinity (Brooklyn, NY)
  • North Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Saint Louis School (Honolulu, HI)
  • St. Anthony (Maui, HI)
  • St. James (San Francisco, CA)
  • St. Joseph Grade School (San Francisco, CA)
  • St. Mary’s Grade School and High School (Stockton, CA)
  • University of Dayton (Dayton, OH)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Francis Meder:

According to media reports, in 2011, an adult female in Pennsylvania reported that Brother Francis Meder inappropriately touched her in the late 1950s when she was eight or nine years old.

In 2014, four adult males accused Brother Meder of sexual abuse in the 1950s and 1960s, when they were under age 11. The allegations include spanking and fondling after giving the children candy and leftovers from the cafeteria. He died in 1976.

In December 2020, Brother Meder’s name was included on the Marianist list of members found to have sexually abused a minor. In January 2021, he was named in a lawsuit alleging that he and another clergyman sexually abused a 14-year-old girl when the girl was a volunteer at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, New Jersey in 1974. 

“In April 2021 the official committee of abuse survivors in the Diocese’s bankruptcy identified Brother Meder as a person accused of abuse who has some connection to the  Rockville Centre Diocese.” According to the committee, the people on this list, “…have been accused of committing sexual abuse. These people have served within the territorial limits of the  Diocese of Rockville Centre.  A religious order and/or diocese outside of the Diocese of Rockville Centre found sexual abuse accusations against these people to be credible or sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against these people.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Father Thomas Doyle – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Thomas Doyle

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Thomas Doyle Diocese of Rockville Centre Horowitz Law Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1992

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • Cardinal Gibbons High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • Cathedral Latin School (Cleveland, OH)
  • Chaminade Mineola High School (Mineola, NY)
  • Hamilton Catholic High School (Hamilton, OH)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Vernon, CT)
  • St. Bernard Parish (Rockville, CT)
  • St. James High School (Chester, PA)
  • St. Joseph’s Parish (New London, CT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Doyle:

Father Thomas Doyle was ordained a Marianist priest in 1974. According to media reports, in 1992, he was removed from ministry in 1992. In September 2002, his name was included on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of priests and religious brothers who had been accused of child sexual abuse. Father Doyle died in 2007. In December 2020, his name was included on the Marianist list of members found to have sexually abused a minor.

“In April 2021 the official committee of abuse survivors in the Diocese’s bankruptcy identified Father Doyle as a person accused of abuse who has some connection to the  Rockville Centre Diocese.” According to the committee, the people on this list, “…have been accused of committing sexual abuse. These people have served within the territorial limits of the  Diocese of Rockville Centre.  A religious order and/or diocese outside of the Diocese of Rockville Centre found sexual abuse accusations against these people to be credible or sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against these people.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Buffalo Bishop Michael Fisher

Buffalo Bishop Lists Some Bad Jesuits But Ignores Others

A few weeks ago, on this blog, we were highly critical of the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic officials and how they’re handling abuse cases.

So let’s be charitable now and start on a high note: To its credit, unlike some other dioceses, the Buffalo Catholic diocese includes religious order offenders on its ‘credibly accused’ list.
https://buffalodiocese.org/abuse-response/

(Some church ‘accused’ lists include only diocesan clerics.)

https://buffalodiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Diocesan_Substantiate_11-5-19.pdf

This is important for many reasons, one of which is simple: many times, religious order priests, brothers, monks and seminarians have even greater access to kids than diocesan clerics, because they often work in schools or a vulnerable population.

For example, Buffalo church officials include the following Jesuit clerics on their ‘credibly accused’ list, all of whom worked at Canisius High School, college or both:

Fr. Peter Conroy

Fr. Raymond Fullam

Fr. Vincent Mooney

Fr. James Gould (who also worked at St. Ann’s parish in Buffalo)

Fr. Cornelius Carr (who also worked at St. Michael’s parish in Buffalo).

Sadly, however, that’s where the good news about the Buffalo diocese ends.

While Bishop Michael Fisher includes SOME predatory Jesuits on his list, he ignores others, even thought they too have been found to be ‘credibly accused’ by their own Jesuit supervisors.

Here are a few of them (who also were at Canisius high school or college):

Fr. Thomas F. Denny, who worked in Brooklyn, Staten Island and New York City, largely in schools (Fordham Prep in the Bronx, McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester and St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City). Twice, he spent time overseas (Nigeria and Puerto Rico).

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2021/01_02/2021_01_18_Erica_Ram_University_Murray-Weigel.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Jesuits_Northeast/2019_01_15_Jesuits_Northeast_Credible_Allegations.pdf#page=4

Fr. John L. Farrand, who admitted molesting while in the Buffalo diocese to his church supervisors. He worked in at least three other New York locations (Rochester, Brooklyn and New York City) and overseas twice (France and Puerto Rico).

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2020/07_08/2020_07_21_Orr_LawsuitsClaim.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Jesuits_Northeast/2019_01_15_Jesuits_Northeast_Credible_Allegations.pdf#page=6

Fr. William J. Scanlon, who was at the college between 1976 and 1980 and reportedly admitted the abuse to church officials.

Fr. Scanlon also worked in Rochester, New York City, Jersey City, the Bronx and in Nigeria. He was also on the Fordham University campus.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2021/01_02/2021_01_18_Erica_Ram_University_Murray-Weigel.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Jesuits_Northeast/2019_01_15_Jesuits_Northeast_Credible_Allegations.pdf#page=13

As you may have noticed, the latter two clerics, Fr. Farrand and Fr. Scanlon, reportedly ADMITTED abusing. And Fr. Farrand’s abuse happened IN THE BUFFALO DIOCESE.

So how on earth do Buffalo church officials explain keeping these men off of their ‘credibly accused’ list?

And speaking of credibly accused religious order abusers, several of them who worked in Buffalo are now elsewhere. They include Thomas Marshall, James Burson, Michael Kolodziej, Linus Kopczewski, Rene Maynard, Bernard Splawski and James Smyka, all of whom are all reportedly “living outside Buffalo Diocese.”

https://buffalodiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Order-Priests.pdf

But that should be little consolation or reassurance to Buffalo area Catholics or citizens. Moving child molesters somewhere else doesn’t ‘cure’ them.

Buffalo Catholic officials would have to admit that, knowingly or unknowingly, they or their predecessors have in disputably let dangerous and potentially dangerous clerics be around and sometimes hurt innocent Buffalo area kids.

So given that fact, shouldn’t these same Buffalo Catholic officials NOW desperately want to ‘make up for’ their wrongdoing or mistakes? Shouldn’t they be anxious to prevent future harm to kids by stopping those very same dangerous or potentially dangerous priests from being around and hurting innocent kids in Massachusetts or Ohio or Texas?

Or if Buffalo church staffers can’t prevent these quiet transfers, shouldn’t they want to at least shout from the rooftops “Hey, these child molesters were here in our diocese and now they’re in your diocese. Be careful!”

But that’s not happening. Buffalo Bishop Michael Fischer won’t even use his own website to tell the public where Fr. Marshall, Fr. Burson, Fr. Maynard and the others are now living or were living when they were shipped out of Buffalo.

And how about two other ‘credibly accused’ clerics on the Buffalo diocesan list: Fr. Theodore Podson, who is reportedly “living in the Philippines,” or Fr. Benedict Barszcz, who has reportedly “returned to Poland.”

Both of these are heavily Catholic nations in which clergy sex crimes and cover ups have only begun to surface in recent years and in which, we submit, parents are even more trusting of priests and thus youngsters are even more vulnerable to the predatory ones.

What are Buffalo’s bishop and his staff doing to alert parishioners, police, prosecutors and the public in those countries to the presence of these predators?

Finally, according to BishopAccountability.org, the Buffalo diocese’s 2018 ‘credibly accused’ list “provided no information, besides (the accused) names and death years. Assignment histories were not included; nor were the number or nature of allegations detailed. . .”

There’s just one word for this vagueness: self-serving. This lack of detail helps no one but complicit church officials.

Fr. Richard M. Berry – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Richard Berry

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Richard Berry Diocese of Rockville Centre Horowitz Law         

Ordained: 1952

Died: 1981

Assigned as follows:

  • 1953-1957:      Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1958:                Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook (Rockville Centre, NY)
  • 1959:                St. Anthony of Padua (East Northport, NY)
  • 1960-1962:      Blessed Sacrament (Valley Stream, NY)
  • 1963-1964:      St. Joseph’s (Ronkonkoma, NY)
  • 1965-1970:      St. Hugh’s (Huntington Station, NY)
  • 1971-1972:      Mary Immaculate (Bellport, NY) 
  • 1973:                St. Camillus Residence (East Meadow, NY) 
  • 1973-1976:      Nassau County Medical Center (East Meadow, NY) 
  • 1974-1981:      St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary (Uniondale, NY)
  • 1977-1981:      Holly Patterson Home for Nassau Community Aged and Infirm, (Uniondale, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Berry:

Father Richard Berry was ordained a priest in 1952 for the Diocese of Brooklyn, part of which became the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1957. According to media reports, in December 2019, he was accused in a lawsuit of repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl, over a two year period from 1954-1956, at Our Lady of Peace in Lynbrook.

“In April 2021 the official committee of abuse survivors in the Diocese’s bankruptcy identified Father Berry as a person accused of abuse who has some connection to the  Rockville Centre Diocese.” According to the committee, the people on this list, “…have been accused of committing sexual abuse. These people have served within the territorial limits of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  A religious order and/or diocese outside of the Diocese of Rockville Centre found sexual abuse accusations against these people to be credible or sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against these people.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Jeffrey L’Arche – Diocese of Albany

Father Jeffrey L’Arche 

Diocese of Albany

Jeffrey L’Arche Horowitz LawOrdained: 1975

Administrative leave:  2021

Assignment History:

  • Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine (Altamont, NY)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Amsterdam, NY)
  • St. Stephen’s Church (Hagaman, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jeffrey L’Arche:

Fr. Jeffrey L’Arche was ordained for the Missionaries of LaSalette in 1975. In June 2021, L’Arche was placed on administrative leave after the Diocese of Springfield’s Misconduct Commission found a single allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was deemed credible. The alleged abuse occurred sometime between 1976 and 1981.

L’Arche’s status as a priest is currently barred from officiating at sacraments, wearing clerical garb, or presenting himself as a priest.

According to media reports, a subsequent investigation initiated by the LaSalette congregation and conducted by Praesidium Inc. found the allegation to be “highly questionable” and, therefore, not credible. As a result, Father L’Arche, who maintains his innocence, has an asterisk placed next to his name on the Springfield list, indicating the conflicting findings. His name, with an identical asterisk and note, has been added to the Diocese of Albany’s List of Offenders.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.