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Statement on Diocesan Bankruptcy and Abuse Claims

On September 12, 2019, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This action was taken in order to ensure that the victims of abuse who are pursuing legal action against the Diocese under the Child Victims Act of NYS receive fair compensation for their pain and suffering, regardless of whether they present their cases earlier or later in the process.

Although we have a close working relationship with the Diocese, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester – of which Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga is a division- is an entirely separate corporation from the Diocese.

We want to reassure you that all financial contributions and grants to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga go directly to support our agency’s work of serving thousands of low income and vulnerable people each year. Our services to our clients have not and will not be compromised by the bankruptcy.

We also want to make it clear that Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga has not been named in any past or present allegations of abuse.

However, we are legally obligated to publish the following notice to help to ensure that victims of abuse are aware of their rights.

I invite you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.  I can be reached at Renee.Spear@dor.org or 607-272-5062 ext. 13.

-Renee Spear, Executive Director

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
In re Diocese of Rochester Case No. 19-20905


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, On September 12, 2019, the Diocese of Rochester ("Diocese") filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the "Bankruptcy Code"). The Bankruptcy Court has established August 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim against the Diocese (the "Bar Date"). If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit https://case.stretto.com/rochesterdiocese or call (855) 347-3773 for more information on how to file your proof of claim.

IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM, YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO SHARE IN ANY DISTRIBUTIONS MADE TO CREDITORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEBTOR'S CHAPTER 11 CASE.

Contact Tompkins Office

324 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 272-5062

Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed, Open for appointments
Tuesday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:30PM
Wednesday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:30PM
Thursday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:30PM
Friday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:30PM
Saturday: Closed

Contact Tioga Office

139 Roki Blvd, Nichols, NY 13812

(607) 414-1023

Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed to the public, Open for emergencies and appointments
Tuesday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:00PM
Wednesday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:00PM
Thursday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:00PM
Friday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:00PM
Saturday: Closed

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