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Webster schools, Diocese of Rochester among defendants in 37 Child Victims Act lawsuits filed in Monroe County

August 14, 2019 06:27 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- At least 37 lawsuits are filed in the Monroe County Clerk's Office under the provisions of the New York State Child Victims Act.

The act gives people who say they were abused many years ago 12 months to file lawsuits. The window to file the complaints opened today. News10NBC went through every filing.

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Among the named defendants are: 

Webster Central School and a long-ago former teacher and coach named Ralph Wager. Wager is serving life in prison for sex abuse in North Carolina. 

The Diocese of Rochester. (See statement below)

St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary (Geneva)

Thirty-seven churches and parishes in the diocese (some of the churches listed below are in the parishes listed below):

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Rochester) - 
Church of the Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary (Brockport)
St. Mary's Church (Rushville)
Our Lady of the Lakes (Penn Yan)
St. Christopher's Church     
St. Bridget's Church     
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church     
St. Francis Xavier Church     
St. Bridget's Church and School     
Good Shepherd Parish and School     
Holy Rosary Church and School     
St. Boniface Church and School     
St. Mary of the Assumption     
Church of the Annunciation
St. John the Evangelist Church of Greece
St. Louis Church (Pittsford)
Church of the Good Shepherd
Marianne Cope Roman Catholic Parish (Henrietta)
St. Theodore Catholic Church
St. John of Rochester Church
Our Lady of Victory-St. Joseph 
Most Holy Redeemer 
St. Patrick's 
St. Francis & St. Clare (Waterloo)
Holy Cross
Christ the King
Kateri Tekakwitha Roman Catholic Parish
Most Holy Name of Jesus (Greece)
St. Helen (Gates)
The Parish of the Holy Family (Gates)
St. Anne's 
The Parish of St. Katharine Drexel (Macedon)
Our Mother of Sorrows (Greece)
St. Bridget 
Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget
St. Boniface
Southeast Rochester Catholic Community

High Schools

McQuaid Jesuit (see statement below)
Cardinal Mooney High School     
Notre Dame High School (Elmira)
The Aquinas Institute - Click here to read their statement. 

Religious Orders

Sisters of Mercy - Read below for their statement. 
Sisters of St. Joseph - Click here to read their statement. 
Redemptorist Fathers
Basilian Fathers
Capuchin Fathers of the Province of the Stigmata of St. Francis 

Organizations

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester
Camp Stella Maris of Livonia

In a recorded statement posted to the Diocese of Rochester website, Bishop Salvatore Matano said, "I renew my most sincere apology to anyone who was harmed by a cleric or Church personnel who so terribly violated their position of trust and scarred the very lives of those whom they were called to serve. I pray that the victims and all affected by these egregious acts will find healing and hope. Know that Our Lord never abandons us and is always present, especially in times of grave difficulty and suffering…Our diocesan efforts of many years to heal and to restore victims, and to create a safe environment, will continue. We will remain vigilant."

McQuaid Jesuit issued the following statement: "The New York Child Victims Act went into effect today. McQuaid Jesuit expects to receive claims under this new legislation. McQuaid Jesuit is committed first and foremost to the fraternal care of our alumni who have experienced sexual abuse. It is our sincere hope that this will be a time of healing for our brothers. It has been McQuaid Jesuit's long-standing policy and practice to immediately report all allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement officials. We therefore will cooperate fully with all civil authorities when addressing claims made under the Child Victims Act. Respecting both the process and those involved, we will not comment on specific claims." 

The Sisters of Mercy released the following statement: "The Sisters of Mercy are deeply saddened by this civil charge of abuse and the harm that may have caused the victim and the victim's family. With a legal process pending, it would be inappropriate for us to comment. Please know that the Sisters of Mercy are committed to taking seriously all allegations of abuse."

Credits

Berkeley Brean

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