Fr. Otto Vogt – Diocese of Rochester

Father Otto Vogt

Diocese of Rochester


Otto Vogt Rochester Diocese seminary    Otto Vogt Priest Rochester Diocese

Ordained:   1950

Died: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Saint Boniface, Rochester (1950-54)
  • Immaculate Conception, Ithaca (1954-60)
  • Holy Cross, Ovid, and Sacred Heart, Romulus (1960)
  • Saint Patrick, Elmira (1960-67)
  • Saint Mary, Dansville (1967-68)
  • Saint Joachim, Canisteo, and Saint Mary, Rexville (1968-75)
  • Saint Paul of the Cross, Honeoye Falls (1975-1995)
  • Saint Catherine of Siena, Mendon (1986)
  • Elmira College (Chaplain)
  • Honeoye Falls fire and ambulance department (Chaplain)
  • Elmira’s Saint Joseph School of Nursing (teacher)
  • Hornell’s Saint James Mercy Hospital (teacher)
  • judge of the inter-diocesan tribunal of the Province of New York
  • Rochester Psychiatric Center (chaplain)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester (in residence)
  • Saint Thomas More, Rochester (in residence)
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse, Pittsford (in residence)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Otto Vogt:

In January 2020, a man filed a civil lawsuit against the Diocese of Rochester alleging that he was sexually abused by Fr. Otto Vogt on more than 60 occasions beginning in 1989.  At the time, the man was a 10 year old parishioner at St. Paul of the Cross parish in Honeoye Falls, New York.

According to the man’s attorney, a second man has come forward alleging abuse by Vogt, but he had not yet filed his own lawsuit.

The Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019, and it is possible that additional claims will be made against Vogt in those proceedings.

Vogt died as a retired priest in good standing in 2017.  He was 91 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to