August Deadline Set For Irish Christian Brothers Abuse Victims

The Irish Christian Brothers (ICB), a religious order of brothers (monks) headquartered in New York state, filed bankruptcy last year when they were faced with more than 50 victims of abuse, molestation and beatings.  The Canadian congregation (affiliated with the ICB in New York) faced national disgrace when more than 300 children came forward to tell their stories of abuse at the Mount Cashel orphanage in Newfoundland.

In Ireland, it’s estimated that thousands of children were raped at ICB schools.

As a part of the federal bankruptcy proceedings, the court has set a special deadline date of August 1 for victims of sexual abuse. Read the court order here. ANYONE who was abused by a Christian Brother or was abused at an ICB school only has until that date to file a claim. After August 1, 2012, victims can no longer hold the ICB accountable for covering up and facilitating child sex abuse.

Patrick Wall and I went to Hawaii last week and found three previously undisclosed perpetrators at Damien Memorial High School in Honolulu. As we get more names of perpetrators, I anticipate we will find more.

For a complete list of schools run by the ICB, click here.

I am normally not a fan of pushing victims to come forward. But in the case of these bankruptcies, if victims to not come forward now, they lose the opportunity forever.




7 thoughts on “August Deadline Set For Irish Christian Brothers Abuse Victims

  1. As a victim of sexual abuse by a priest and the brother of another victim who regretably passed on 5/26/2011. I miss him more than words could attempt! This civil window in Penna. ,esp. my brothers family alone he leaves 4 children and 2 grandchildren. My 2 girls have nothing but pain when i:m gone. CIVIL WINDOW IS THE ANSWER TO AT LEAST EASING TNE FINANCIAL BURDEN THIS NIGHTMARE HAS BROUGHT TO US ALL1

  2. Thank you for posting this. The Federal court has mandated a rather long list of newspapers where the announcement is to appear (twice). It can be viewed at: It is in the

    National Publications:

    New York Times- Nat’l Ed.
    USA Today – Nat’l Ed.

    Local U.S. Publications:
    Albany Times Union
    Arizona Republic
    Asbury Park Press
    Bergen Record
    Bonita Daily News
    Boston Globe
Chandler Times
    Chicago Sun-Times
    Contra Costa Times
    Hudson Valley Times
    Kent Reporter
    Los Angeles Times

    Madison County Journal

    Miami Herald

    Montebello Comet

    Mountain Eagle

    Naples Record

    New York Times – NY Metro Ed
    Newark Star Ledger

    Oakland Press

    Ocala Star Banner

    Poughkeepsie Journal

    Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
    San Antonio Express
    News Sebree Banner

    Star Advertiser

    Tampa Tribune

    The Bugle
    The Herald-News

    The Jena Times

    The Montana Standard
    The Post and Courier
    Times Picayune
    Vallejo Times Herald
    Warwick Beacon

    Canadian Publications:
    Burnaby I New Westminster NewsLeader Chronicle
    Journal de Montreal
    Journal de Quebec
    Kamloops This Week
    St. John’s Telegram
    The Charter
    The Citizen
    The Compass
    The Daily News
    The National Post
    The Western Star
    Times Colonist
    Toronto Star
    Vancouver Province
    Welland Tribune

    There is a wealth of information about abuse in Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ also on the site:

  3. maybe someone can buy newspaper space in the Hawaii and other papers all over the world to advertise this? so many victims move out of state or out of country and do not hear about these kinds of things?

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