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New Orleans Archdiocese March 1 Filing Deadline Rapidly Approaching

The filing deadline for all sexual abuse claims against the Archdiocese of New Orleans is rapidly approaching. By March 1, 2021, anyone who believes they were the victim of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or some other type of “sexualized interaction” with a priest, nun, brother, other cleric, employee, or volunteer of the Archdiocese of New Orleans must file a claim with the bankruptcy court or be shut out from justice forever.

Often referred to as a “bar date,” the strict March 1 filing deadline is one of the benefits that the Archdiocese receives from having filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition last year.  The date is referred to as the “bar date” because all claims by creditors – including by people who were victims of childhood sexual abuse – are forever barred after that date.  Even if the Louisiana statute of limitations were ever to change in order to allow previously-expired suits to be filed with the court, anyone with a claim against the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be forbidden from filing a lawsuit because they missed the March 1 bankruptcy bar date.

This is, to put it plainly, your very last chance for accountability if you have been hurt by anyone associated with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

That is why it is critically important that you contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights and options, even if you are not sure whether you have a case or not.  The definition of potential claimants is very broad in a bankruptcy proceeding so that the largest number of survivors can be helped.  But it is very important that you contact us sooner rather than later so that we have ample time to prepare the best and most complete claim possible for you.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is a tactic we have seen being used all over the country by Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders to protect itself.  The debtor-diocese receives the protection of the bar date, but also often escapes the public scrutiny of its secrets and coverups becoming public.  The priest personnel files and other relevant documents that a diocese may have to produce during regular litigation are often kept under lock and key by bankruptcy courts, never to be disclosed to the public.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Luis J. Fernandez – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Luis J. Fernandez

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained:  1971

Retired:  2003

 Assignment History:

  • St. John Vianney Prep in (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1985 St. Christopher the Martyr (Metairie, LA)
  • 1985-1989 Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Kenner, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Luis J. Fernandez:

In 2007, Fr. Luis J. Fernandez was accused of sexually abusing a minor in the mid-1970s at St. John Vianney Prep in New Orleans, Louisiana along with Fr. Robert Cooper when he was a student there.

According to media reports, Fernandez became close with the boy and his family and received permission to take the 15-year-old boy to a concert and then spend the night at Fernandez’s rectory apartment in 1976.

That night, the victim woke up to see his pants and underwear were pulled down with Fernandez right there.

According to media reports, the Archdiocese of New Orleans offered to pay for the victim’s therapy.

In 1978, Fernandez left New Orleans to be a military chaplain, returning to parish work in 1985.

In 2020, a second accuser came forward with allegations against Fernandez that he abused the victim in the 1980s. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Fernandez’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

In 2003, Fernandez retired in Miami, FL where he was last known to be living.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Raymond Hebert – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Raymond Hebert

Archdiocese of New Orleans 

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Ordained:  1952

Retired: 2002

Sued:   2005

Dead:  2014

 Assignment History:

  • 1952-1956  St. Raphael (Lousiana)
  • St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (Lousiana)
  • St. Rose of Lima (Lousiana)
  • Madonna Manor (Marrero, LA)
  • Immaculate Conception Church (Marrero, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Raymond Hebert:

In 2005, 4 victims sued the Archdiocese of New Orleans claiming Fr. Raymond Hebert sexually abused them as boys at Madonna Manor in Marrero, Louisiana. 

Madonna Manor was part of Hope Haven Center and was a church-run home for troubled youth in before the facilities closed.

Hebert denied the allegations and filed a countersuit for defamation.

By 2010, the cases were dismissed. One plaintiff died, another was emotionally disabled to continue, and the remaining two plaintiffs decided to withdraw their claims. An acknowledgment was made that Hebert did not molest the accusers when they were children at Madonna Manor. Then, Hebert withdrew his countersuit. 

In 2019, there was another suit filed alleging Hebert, 3 nuns, and a lay employee abused a boy at Madonna Manor in Marrero, Louisiana in the 1960s-1970s.

According to media reports, the nuns and the lay employee had been accused in suits by “dozens” of plaintiffs and settled for $5.2M in 2009.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Hebert died in 2014.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Luis E. Henoa – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Luis E. Henoa

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained:  1974

Place on leave:  2002

Reinstated:  2002 (6 months after leave)

 Assignment History:

  • St. Jerome Church (Kenner, LA)
  • Annunciation Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (New Orleans, LA)

 Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Luis E. Henoa:

Fr. Luis E. Henoa’s name appears publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In 2002, personnel files revealed allegations that Henoa engaged in sex with a minor in 1981. Henoa was placed on administrative leave in May of 2002 after the Archbishop of New Orleans found the allegations against him credible.

Information about the age/gender of alleged victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Henoa’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

In November of 2002, just 6 months after Henoa was placed on leave, he was reinstated to Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish in New Orleans, Louisiana based on the notion that there was not sufficient evidence for Henoa to remain on leave.

Henoa’s current whereabouts are unknown.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Joseph DeWater – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Joseph DeWater

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained:  Unknown

Retired:  Unknown

Suspension pending:  2020

 Assignment History:

  • 1968-1971  St. Henry’s in Uptown (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1968-1971  Frances Cabrini in Gentilly (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1972-1977  Spiritual Director for the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Chalmette, LA)
  • 1986-2001  Immaculate Heart of Mary (Louisiana)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph DeWater:

In 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced an investigation into Fr. Joseph DeWater after allegations of sex abuse of a minor. 

DeWater has been suspended from performing any clerical duties, pending the conclusion of the penal process.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has not released any information about the year DeWater was ordained. In addition, information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or DeWater’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

According to media reports, DeWater was working as a priest in New Orleans by 1968, serving at St. Henry’s in Uptown and St. Frances Cabrini in Gentilly from then until 1971.

Then, from 1972-1977, DeWater was the spiritual director for the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting. DeWater hosted meetings with scouts, their parents, and counselors at Notre Dame Seminary often. His role mainly involved promoting participation in Girl Scouts to parishioners and their daughters.

Furthermore, according to media reports, DeWater was then listed as pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Chalmette, Louisiana for at least five years before leading the congregation at Immaculate Heart of Mary from 1986 to 2001.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

According to the 2019 Official Catholic Directory, DeWater is now retired and lives in Voorhout, the Netherlands.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Sr. Marie Claudine – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Sister Marie Claudine

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained:  Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Unknown

 Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Sister Marie Claudine:

Very little is known of Sr. Marie Claudine’s activities within the church as the Archdiocese of New Orleans has not released any information about the year Claudine was ordained nor her assignment history. In addition, information about the age/gender of her alleged victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Claudine’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

It is only noted that Claudine was accused of sexual abuse and that the case was settled.

Claudine’s name appears publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Robert K. Cooper – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Robert K. Cooper

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained:  1971

Retired:  1985

Dead:  1989

 Assignment History:

  •  Our Lady of Prompt Succor-1979 (Chalmette, LA)
  • Ascension of Our Lord-1982 (LaPlace, LA)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus-1984 (Norco, LA)
  • St. Andrew the Apostle (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Angela Merici (Metairie, LA)
  • St. Francis Cabrini (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. James Major (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Philip Neri (Metairie, LA)
  • St. John Vianney Prep (New Orleans, LA)

 Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Cooper:

In 2007, Fr. Robert Cooper was accused of sexually abusing an underage schoolboy at St. John Vianney Prep in New Orleans, Louisiana in the mid-1970s. Cooper was a school counselor and disciplinarian there. St. John Vianney Prep educated boys who were interested in joining the clergy.

According to media reports, Cooper sent sexually suggestive letters to the boy and several other students in the 1970s. During that time, the boy made a complaint to the priest at the school and Cooper was removed from the school, however, he was never reported to authorities nor listed as clergymen considered credibly accused of abuse. 

In 2007, Cooper was accused of physical sexual abuse by one victim and amongst several for sexually inappropriate behavior towards them when they were students at St. John Vianney Prep in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the abuse occurred while they were attending there.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

In December of 2020, Fr. Robert Cooper’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

Cooper died in 1989.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

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Judge Sets Final Filing Date in New Orleans Archdiocese Bankruptcy

A federal bankruptcy court judge has ordered all sexual abuse claims against the New Orleans Archdiocese to be filed no later than March 1, 2021.  The ruling comes after the Archdiocese previously sought a much shorter filing date, often referred to as a “bar date.”  The extended date will allow the Court to deal with other matters such as disputes between the Archdiocese and its insurance carriers about how much coverage exists, and to resolve challenges by victims’ lawyers that assets were fraudulently transferred to avoid becoming part of the bankruptcy estate.

Through our own investigation at Horowitz Law, we have identified at least 96 clergy who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the New Orleans Archdiocese, a staggering number given the Catholic population of the area.

The March 1, 2021, date is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Archdiocese will be forever immune from suit in any sexual abuse claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after March 1, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, including laypeople and teachers.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Salvatore Isgro

Fr. Salvatore “Sam” Isgro

Archdiocese of New Orleans 

 

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Ordained: 1962

Died: 1990

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Salvatore Isgro:

Father Salvatore Isgro, also referred to as “Sam” was an order priest who worked for the Salesians of Don Bosco, while being assigned in the Archdiocese of New Orleans area. In December of 2018, a lawsuit came out that accused Salvatore Isgro of raping a 17-year-old boy after rendering him disoriented, possibly with chloroform in 1979. Allegedly, Father Sam twice placed a small vial filled with what smelled like ammonia under the boy’s nose, making him feel dizzy and disoriented. After the assault, the priest ordered the teen to get dressed and to sit in a warm bath after he got home, according to the lawsuit.

The victim said he met Salvatore Isgro at a hospital where he was working to earn money for a class ring. He said that he had informed Bishop Aymond in September of 2018, who claimed that he believed him and would put him in touch with a Salesian official, Father Stephen Ryan. Ryan and his attorney allegedly told the man “to keep the entire issue quiet” and had the victim sign an agreement for psychiatric treatment, which they would fund.

Salvatore Isgro died in 1990. 

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Fr. Michael F. Hurley – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Fr. Michael F. Hurley

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1943

Died: 2005

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Immaculate Conception Church (Marrero, LA)
  • St. Agnes (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • St. Francis de Sales (Houma, LA)
  • St. Maurice (New Orleans, LA)
  • SS. Peter and Paul (New Orleans, LA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Michael F. Hurley:

Father Michael Hurley was first named publicly as accused of sexual abuse of a minor on the Archdiocese of New Orleans list in November of 2018. The list notes that the allegation was received in 1945 of abuse in the 1940s. It also notes that he left the archdiocese in 1955. The Archdiocese of New Orleans did not release any information about the location the alleged abuse occurred at or the age/gender of the victim who came forward. 

Michael F. Hurley died in August of 2005. He was working in Clarkdale, Arizona where he had been the pastor of St. Cecilia Mission Church at his time of his death

His name has also been included on the Baton Rouge diocese’s list of accused clergy members as of early 2019.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com