Father Samuel J. Venne
Diocese of Buffalo
Placed on Leave: 2018
Assigned As Follows:
- Our Lady of Pompei (Depew, NY)
- St. Stephen’s Parish (Grand Island, NY)
- Boy Scout Chaplain
- Unnamed parishes in Buffalo, Batavia, South Buffalo, and Niagara Falls
- Pendleton Nursing Home
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Samuel J. Venne:
In April of 2018, Father Samuel Venne was placed on administrative leave due to allegations of past child sexual abuse. The alleged abuse dates back to the 1980’s, at Our Lady of Pompei in Depew.
He also worked in many parishes around New York and was even a Boy Scout chaplain and scoutmaster during his priesthood. After two months of investigating the claims against Venne, the Diocese of Buffalo determined that the allegations were substantiated.
No specific information has been given about the age or gender of the victim. The specific nature of the sexual abuse has also not been made public knowledge. Father Samuel Venne has denied all charges against him.
In May 2021, the Vatican announced that Venne would be suspended from ministry for seven years, during which he cannot present himself as a priest in good standing. Venne has refused to sign the precept with the conditions of his punishment, and plans to appeal the decision.
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