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Bishop Matano Rochester's Accused priest list

Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List — More of the Same

On this blog recently, we’ve noted how bishops in several New York and New Jersey dioceses are refusing to truly ‘come clean’ about their child molesting priests, nuns, brothers, bishops, seminarians and deacons. Not surprisingly, the Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List published by Rochester Bishop Salvatore Matano is no different.

For starters, ask yourself this: If I were a bishop, on my website, what headline or title would I put above a list of credibly accused child molesters?”

There are many possibilities, but perhaps the most simple and most clear would be something like “List of credibly accused clergy.”

Matano, however, chooses the phenomenally to title the Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List with the vague description: “Dispositions – 2002 to present.”

What the heck does that mean?

Few people would immediately connect that phrase with clergy sex crimes. That confusion, we suspect, is what Matano wants.

(He’s not alone in wanting few people to actually see his list of child molesting clerics. Many other bishops make it hard to find these lists on their websites, often usually equally vague wording.)

Similarly, Matano consistently uses a hurtful term to depict abuse reports or disclosures. On his website, he repeatedly uses the minimizing and disparaging term “complaints.”

In our view, a “complaint” against a priest might be that his homilies are too long or he shows up at meetings late.

When one reports that he has sexually assaulted them, that ought not to be described as a “complaint.”

(Lest you think maybe we’re being too sensitive about language here, remember that we’re talking about devastating crimes and betrayals, often against naïve, trusting, devout kids. That life-altering harm can’t magically be un-done. But all of us can at least be accurate and careful when we describe such horror, so that we don’t rub more salt into already-deep and often still-fresh wounds.)

Matano’s ‘credibly accused’ list also omits a number of clerics that it shouldn’t omit. Among them:

–Fr. Daniel M. Casey, who’s accused, in pending lawsuits, of abusing six boys in New York and Georgia. When he left the Syracuse diocese, he was then found living at a rectory in the Rochester diocese. 1980s.

At least the Syracuse bishop includes Fr. Casey on his ‘credibly accused’ list.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Syracuse/2018_12_03_Syracuse_List.pdf

–Fr. Otto Vogt, who is accused in a lawsuit of abusing a boy in Honeoye Falls for four years.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2020/03_04/2020_04_16_Orr_HundredsOf.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news555/2017_04_29_Burke_Father_Otto.pdf

Also left off Matano’s ‘credibly accused’ list are these clerics, all of whom spent time at McQuaid Jesuit high school in Rochester (and all of whom were deemed ‘credibly accused’ by the Jesuits):

–Fr. Cornelius Carr

–Fr. Thomas Denny

–Fr. Roy Drake

–Fr. John L. Farrand

–Fr. Leonard Riforgiato

–Fr. William Scanlon

–Fr. Robert Voelkle

When Matano was promoted from Burlington to Rochester, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests pointed out that:

“In 2006, Matano’s diocese was one of just two in America to have been found in violation of the US bishops weak and vague national abuse policy. . .”

His violation wasn’t some minor, administrative slip up. It was “because Matano refused to ensure that adequate abuse prevention training was provided to all his staff, as the policy requires.

Read more about SNAP’s view of Matano here:

https://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_new_catholic_bishop_for_rochester_is_awful

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia sexual abuse

Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia, Like Other NY Bishops, Still Hides Predators

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on behalf of the Diocese of Syracuse..

Days before the move,  at least 38 people filed new sex abuse and cover up lawsuits under the New York Child Victims Act.  Now, roughly a year later, some 400 individuals in the Syracuse area have sought justice by filing claims in the bankruptcy court. We commend them for their courage.

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/almost-400-survivors-of-sexual-abuse-file-claims-in-diocese-of-syracuse-case/

Any way you look at it, that’s a staggering number of child sexual abuse victims. But it’s especially staggering when you consider how little the diocese has disclosed about abuse.

Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia issued a “credibly accused” list that has many of the same omissions and deceptions found in other bishops’ lists, including

–No work histories of the predators.

–No photos of the predators.

–No nuns, brothers, bishops, seminarians, monks, or deacons or lay employees (like teachers or counselors) are identified as molesters.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Syracuse/2018_12_03_Syracuse_List.pdf

One can only imagine how many more victims might have come forward over the last 12 months if Lucia and his colleagues actually practiced the ‘transparency’ that they so often claim they show.

On his site, Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia also uses perhaps the most insulting word to describe abuse reports: ‘claims.’

Not cases. Not reports. Not disclosures. But ‘claims.’

(We’re attorneys. We realize that in bankruptcy, ‘claims’ is the legally appropriate term to use. That doesn’t mean, however, that Lucia has to use it on his website. He could just as easily say ‘abuse reports’ or ‘abuse disclosures.’)

And of course, with minimal effort, we at Horowitz Law have found several ‘credibly accused’ abusive clerics who spent time in the Syracuse diocese but are NOT on Lucia’s list. Three of them belonged to just one religious order, the Jesuits:

–Fr. Peter Conroy, who led retreats in Syracuse

–Fr. Roy Drake, who was at LeMoyne College in Syracuse

–Fr. Raymond Fullam, also led retreats in Syracuse

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Jesuits_Northeast/2019_01_15_Jesuits_Northeast_Credible_Allegations.pdf#page=7

Also omitted:

–Fr. Henry Clark, who is on the Albuquerque diocese ‘credibly accused’ list and worked in both Syracuse and Utica.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Santa_Fe/2019_03_08_Santa_Fe_List_with_Assignments_190308List_updated190308AssignmentsOFFICIAL.pdf#page=3

–Fr. John Lugowski, who spent time behind bars for sodomizing a ten year old New York boy and admitted to sexual contact with five boys.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/05_06/2007_05_05_Moyer_SexAbuse.htm

Like most Catholic bishops who exploit Chapter 11 to keep church cover ups covered up, Lucia claims he’s not trying to hide anything.

But if that’s the case, why is he hiding names and information about proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics?

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

Fr. Roy A. Drake – Archdiocese of New York

Father Roy A. Drake

Archdiocese of New York/Jesuits

Roy Drake Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Removed: 2006

Died: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1963-1964: Seismologist at Weston Observatory (Weston, MA)
  • 1964-1965: Jesuit Tertianship at Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA)
  • 1965-1971: Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, NY)
  • 1966-1970: Assistant Director of Seismic Observatory at Fordham University (Bronx, NY)
  • 1969-1971: Oceanography Graduate Student at New York University (Manhattan, NY)
  • 1971-1977: Graduate Student at University of Maine (Orono, ME)
  • 1974-1977: Teacher and Project Director at Maine Maritime Academy (Castine, ME)
  • 1978-1979: Jesuits at Le Moyne (Syracuse, NY)
  • 1979-1980: Leonard Neale House (Washington, DC)
  • 1980-1984: Prefect of Dolan Hall at John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH)
  • 1986-1993: Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY)
  • 1993: Member of Board of Directors at Gobind Sadan (Palermo, NY)
  • 1993-1994: Administrator at Christ the King Retreat House (Syracuse, NY)
  • 1994-2006: Murray-Weigel Hall (New York City, NY)
  • 2003-2004: Faculty at Center for Spiritual Development (Rye, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Roy A Drake:

According to media reports, in 2005, allegations were made, stating that while Fr. Roy A Drake was assigned to Fordham Prep in the New York Archdiocese, he raped and sodomized a 13-year-old boy in 1969 while on an overnight stay at Drake’s apartment on campus before a ski trip.

After the first allegations of abuse came to light, Drake became a patient at the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, Missouri in 2006. Vianney Renewal Center is a sexual abuse treatment center operated by the Servants of the Paraclete.

In 2014, Drake was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy on June 30, 1974, while Drake worked at Maine Maritime Academy located in the Portland, Maine Diocese. Drake was also assigned in the Dioceses of Boston, Seattle, Grand Rapids or Saginaw, Syracuse, Washington, and Cleveland. He also gave hundreds of workshops and retreats in the U.S. and internationally.

Drake was named on the 2019 Jesuits Northeast Province list. It states reports made in 2003 and 2006 of abuse that took place in 1973 and 1968.

Drake was a resident at Vianney Renewal Center until he died in 2008.

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Father Roy Drake (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Rochester

Father Roy Drake, s.j.
Diocese of Rochester/Jesuits

Fr. Roy A. Drake Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963
Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1964: Seismologist at Weston Observatory; Weston, MA
  • 1964-1965: Jesuit Tertianship at Manresa Hall; Port Townsend, WA
  • 1965-1971: Fordham Preparatory School; Bronx, NY
  • 1966-1970: Assistant Director of Seismic Observatory at Fordham University; Bronx, NY
  • 1969-1971: Oceanography Graduate Student at New York University; Manhattan, NY
  • 1971-1977: Graduate Student at University of Maine; Orono, ME
  • 1974-1977: Teacher and Project Director at Maine Maritime Academy; Castine, ME
  • 1977-1978: Assignment unknown; Rodney, MI
    Listed in diocesan pages of Directory at Rt. 1, Box 82, Hillview Lake [Dr.], Rodney MI
  • 1978-1979: Jesuits at Le Moyne; Syracuse, NY
  • 1979-1980: Leonard Neale House; Washington, D.C.
  • 1980-1984: Prefect of Dolan Hall at John Carroll University; Cleveland, OH
  • 1984-1986: Whereabouts unknown, not listed in Catholic Directories
  • 1986-1993: Le Moyne College; Syracuse, NY
  • 1987-1988: Associate Academic Dean
  • 1988-1993: Director of Institutional Research
  • 1993: Member of Board of Directors at Gobind Sadan; Palermo, NY
  • 1993-1994: Administrator at Christ the King Retreat House; Syracuse, NY
  • 1994-2006: Murray-Weigel Hall; New York City, NY
  • 2003-2004: Faculty at Center for Spiritual Development; Rye, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Roy Drake:

In 2005, Father Roy Drake was accused of raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old boy in 1969, while assigned to Fordham Prep in the Archdiocese of New York. The alleged assault occurred on an overnight stay before a ski trip.

Additionally, Drake was accused in 2014 of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in 1974 while Drake worked at Maine Maritime Academy, located in the Portland, Maine diocese.

Drake bounced around the country within his order and was also assigned in the Dioceses of Boston, Seattle, Grand Rapids or Saginaw, Syracuse, Washington, and Cleveland.

In 2006, after the first allegations of abuse came to light, Drake became a patient at the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, Mississouri. Vianney Renewal Center is a sexual abuse treatment center, operated by the Servants of the Paraclete and Drake was a resident there until his death in 2008.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

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.